Thomas Baker

Ullswater from Pooley Bridge by Thomas Baker (1847).  Photo credit Birmingham Museums Trust, with thanks.

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Thomas Baker (9 October 1809 – 10 August 1864) was a Midlands landscape painter and watercolourist often known as "Baker of Leamington" or "Landscape Baker".

Born in Harborne, Birmingham in 1809, Baker was a student of Vincent Barber (1788–1838) at the Barber family's Charles Street Academy in Birmingham. Exhibiting publicly with the Birmingham Society of Artists from 1827 onwards.

Throughout his career Baker travelled a picturesque trail across Britain for commercial subjects - throughout Warwickshire, the Midlands and the Welsh border regions and occasionally producing depictions of the Lake District, Scotland and Ireland.

Baker was a master at painting Trees, exciting this comment: “We feel the wind and hear the rustling leaves that Baker was a master at painting.” Baker's landscapes would often include cattle, although sheep and human figures are also fairly common in his works.  

Baker maintained a diary as did many artists, but none documented their career as thoroughly as Thomas Baker (1809–1869). His ‘Memoranda of Pictures Painted by Me’ enlarges our sense of him as an artistic personality. Baker died somewhat mysteriously aged 55 years old amidst accusations of murder.


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