Thomas Whittle the Elder

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Thomas Whittle (1803–1887) was an English landscape and still life artist.

Still life art genre

A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which are either natural or man-made.


Early life

Thomas Whittle was born in Beddington, Surrey to Thomas and Mary Whittle. He was christened on 6 November 1803. Whittle's father and son were also both named Thomas; this one was generally known as "Thomas Whittle the Elder" because his son was also an artist but his father was not.

Beddington settlement in Greater London, England

Beddington is a suburban settlement in the London Borough of Sutton on the boundary with the London Borough of Croydon. Beddington is formed from a village of the same name which until early the 20th century still included land which became termed entirely as Wallington. The BedZED low energy housing estate is, in non-ecclesiastical terms, in the neighbouring locality of Hackbridge. The latter was in the 13th century shown on local maps as Hakebrug, and named after a bridge on the River Wandle. The locality has a landscaped wooded park at Beddington Park - also known as Carew Manor; and a nature reserve and sewage treatment works in the centre and to the north of its area respectively. The population of Beddington according to the 2011 census is 21,044.


A largely self-taught artist, Whittle also worked as a journeyman, furniture dealer, clerk and draper. He was not a wealthy man and during his lifetime did not make much money from his art. Often it can be hard to distinguish between Whittle and his son as they both had similar styles. Thomas Whittle the Elder often painted still lives of fruit and sometimes landscapes such as mountains or lakes.

A journeyman is a skilled worker who has successfully completed an official apprenticeship qualification in a building trade or craft. Journeymen are considered competent and authorized to work in that field as a fully qualified employee. They earn their license by education, supervised experience and examination. Although journeymen have completed a trade certificate and are allowed to work as employees, they may not yet work as self-employed master craftsmen.

A clerk is a white-collar worker who conducts general office tasks, or a worker who performs similar sales-related tasks in a retail environment. The responsibilities of clerical workers commonly include record keeping, filing, staffing service counters, screening solicitors, and other administrative tasks.

Draper cloth merchant

Draper was originally a term for a retailer or wholesaler of cloth that was mainly for clothing. A draper may additionally operate as a cloth merchant or a haberdasher.

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