Thomas Scheemakers

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Thomas Scheemakers (1740 – 15 July 1808) was a sculptor operating in Britain in the late 18th century and a member of the important sculpting family of Scheemakers. Several of his works are held by the Victoria and Albert Museum. [1]

Victoria and Albert Museum Art museum in London

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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Life

He was the only son of Peter Scheemakers (and grandson of Pieter Scheemaeckers), an eminent sculptor, and Barbara La Fosse. He appears to have been born slightly before their wedding.

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From 1763 until 1780 he largely exhibited under his father’s name. Whilst talented, he was certainly eclipsed by his father, but it is reasonable to expect that they worked together on several of his father’s larger pieces up until his death (1781). He was a competent sculptor but lacked his father’s flair for design, often leaving the design to be done by others. After his father returned to Belgium (c.1779) he continued his workshop, on Vine Street in London.

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He inherited his father’s huge fortune in 1782 but appears to have largely squandered this. He did very little sculpture after his father’s death and ceased altogether in 1792. It appears that he went bankrupt in 1805, as there is a record of all of his effects being sold. [2]

He died in London in 1808 and was buried in Old St. Pancras Churchyard. The grave is lost (and was possibly unmarked even from the beginning) and he is not listed on the Burdett-Coutts Memorial to the famous graves lost, which stands in the churchyard.

His wife, Barbara (b.1747) died in 1810 and was probably buried with him.

Works

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References

  1. Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851, Rupert Gunnis
  2. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography