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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Thomas Lound

Dates:  1802 - 1861
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for Thomas Lound
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Lound held an undemanding position in his family’s Norwich brewery, the source of his personal fortune, but his true passion was art. A pupil of John Sell Cotman, he exhibited his watercolors and oils in Norwich regularly between 1820 and 1833. Views of Norfolk, including the eighteen watercolors he exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1845 to 1857, were his special forte. An enthusiastic amateur painter, gregarious and well liked, Lound also emerged as an important collector of works by his friends in what would come to be known as the Norwich School. He contributed five watercolors to the 1856 exhibition of the Norfolk and Norwich Fine Arts Association; this was a special occasion, for that year the association welcomed a companion exhibition by the newly formed Norwich Photographic Society. Already a member of the new society, Lound showed four waxed-paper views: two of Ely Cathedral, one of Bromholm Priory, and one of the fish market in Norwich. Any subsequent photographic work by him has yet to be discovered. Lound died suddenly in 1861. As documented in A Period Eye: Photography Then and Now, at the sale of his collection the auctioneer observed: “Mr. Lound’s attractive social qualities procured him a widely extended circle of friends; whilst his indefatigable and eminently successful application to art — in which a correct knowledge of chiaro-oscuro, and perfect truthfulness to nature in color, united with innate genius, were especially remarkable — earned for him a celebrity that many professional men might have good reason to envy.” 
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
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