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Life Of Thomas Stothard, R.A. With Personal Reminiscences By Mrs. Bray, Author of "The Borders of the Tamar and the Tavy," "Memoirs of Charles A. Stothard, F.S.A.," "Trelawny," "Trials of the Heart," &c. &c. With Numerous Illustrations From His Works.

Mrs. Anna Eliza Bray

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: John Murray, Albemarle Street., 1851.

Physical Description

xxiv, 246 p., frontis. (port.): illus.; 213 mm. (Quarto.)


[Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Advertisement - [Divisional t.p., 'Reminiscences of Thomas Stothard, R.A. List Of Contents'] - Contents - List Of Illustrations - Introduction - [Text] - Appendix; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece portrait of Stothard is signed as painted by Harlow and lithographed by R.J. Lane. It carries the lithographic printers' imprint of M. & N. Hanhart.

Several in-text illustrations are signed, as originally designed by Stothard and drawn by 'GS' (one is drawn by Stothard after Cibber), and as engraved by J. Thompson, S. Williams, Jackson, Sharpe, J. Stothard or W.I. Green.

The text printer is named on the verso of the title page and in the colophon: '(London:) Bradbury And Evans, Printers (Extraordinary To The Queen), Whitefriars.'


S.M. Bennett, Thomas Stothard: the mechanisms of art patronage (1988); R. Strong, And when did you last see your father?: The Victorian painter and British history (1978); H. Hammelmann, Book illustrators in eighteenth-century England (1975).

On Mrs. Bray see B. Schneller, 'Anna Eliza Bray', in British Romantic novelists 1789-1832, ed. B.K. Mudge, DLitB, 116 (1992), p.49-54; B. Schneller, 'Anna Eliza Bray', in British women writers, ed. J. Todd (1989); A.E. Bray, Autobiography of A.E. Bray, ed. J.A. Kempe (1884).

Summary Note

From 1818 to 1821 Mrs. Bray had been married to Thomas Stothard's son, Charles Alfred (1786-1821). This account of her former father-in-law praises him as one of the foremost history-painters of his day and one of its most prolific illustrators.

The frontispiece shows a portrait of Thomas Stothard by Harlow. The many in-text illustrations show works by Stothard, published and unpublished. The portrait is a lithograph; most in-text illustrations are printed in sepia.


10 January 1852: 'Order'd to purchase for the Library ... Mrs Brays Life of Stothard ...' (RA Council Minutes, X, 385).

Binding Note

19th-century half brown morocco, green cloth-covered boards; brown morocco spine-label lettered 'Bray's Life Of Stothard', spine lettered 'R.A.' and '1851'.

Name as Subject


Painters - Illustrators - Artists - Great Britain - History - 18th century - 19th century
Biography - Memoirs - Art history - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - 19th century


John Murray, publisher
George Henry Harlow, source artist
Richard Lane ARA, lithographer
Michael Hanhart, lithographic printer
Nicholas Hanhart, lithographic printer
Thomas Stothard RA, source artist, draughtsman
John Thompson, engraver
Samuel Williams, engraver
Charles William Sharpe, engraver
Bradbury and Evans (London), printer
M. and N. Hanhart (London), lithographic printer