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Thomas Baker

British 1809 - 1869
Thomas Baker was born on 8 October 1809 at the Free School in Harbourne, Birmingham. He was the third child of Jane Freeth and Thomas Baker, who was headmaster of the school.

A Midland landscape painter and watercolourist, he was known as

“Baker of Leamington”.

Baker’s paintings of a rural idyll have had an enduring popularity in spite of changing fashions in art. Today, as in the 19th Century, collectors are eager to buy his work and there was even said to have been a “Baker craze” in the late 19th Century when his pictures fetched outrageous prices.

Almost all Baker’s landscapes are shown under the blue skies of spring or summer, again giving the illusion of the countryside as a perpetually warm, pleasant environment. Even where people are not included, there are signs that it is a landscape controlled by man not nature. Roads and paths wind their way through cultivated fields to distant houses and domestic animals graze by farm buildings.

Thomas Baker is the best-known and most accomplished painter of the numerous Baker family of artists. His subjects are usually landscapes in Warwickshire and the Midlands, often with sheep and cattle.

Baker exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1831 and 1858 and also at the British Institution and the Royal Society of Birmingham Artists.

Works by Thomas Baker can be seen today in the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry, The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester Museum and Art Gallery and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London amongst numerous others.

Works by this artist…

  • The Harvesters
    The Harvesters
    ( ref : 10976 )
  • Cattle Watering
    Cattle Watering
    ( ref : 5983 )
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