Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Hamilton Crawford
Designation: Engraver
Born: c. 1859
Died: 1947
Bio Notes: Thomas Hamilton Crawford was born in 1859 or 1860 in Glasgow. He was articled to Horatio Kelson Bromhead, in whose office he became acquainted with the slightly older George Jack and William Hackstoun.

Crawford studied at Glasgow School of Art and, having decided to become artist rather than architect, from 1879 until 1889 he exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy. He moved first to Edinburgh and then to Herbert von Herkomerís art school at Bushey, Hertfordshire. He was back in Glasgow by early 1891, his home address being Blackmount House, where he was living with his wife Maggie Alexis and one servant but by 1893 he had moved to London.

Crawford specialised in architectural subjects but much of his practice consisted of copies and mezzotints of works by English School artists from the 18th century to his own time. He was a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Water-Colour Painters (RSW). In 1902 he entered into partnership with George Washington Henry Jack in London, but this proved unworkable and was amicably dissolved in 1907. In 1911 he moved to Hemel Hempstead and by 1923 to Berkhamstead. In his later years he exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francaises, from 1920 to 1928.

Crawford died in Hemel Hempstead in early 1947.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this engraver:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7Blackmount House, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1891 *  
Item 2 of 765, West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland Before 1891After 1892 
Item 3 of 7Woodland Cottage, North Hill, Highgate, London, EnglandPrivateBefore 1893After 1894 
Item 4 of 7Cawder, Durham Road, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1898After 1899 
Item 5 of 740, Great James Street, London, England Before 1905After 1910 
Item 6 of 733, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, EnglandPrivate1911Before 1923 
Item 7 of 7Greenaway, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, EnglandPrivateBefore 1923After 1929 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this engraver (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Horatio Kelson Bromheadc. 1875(?)c. 1880Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Jack & Crawford19021907Partner 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this engraver:
Item 1 of 3Caw, James L1908Scottish Painting Past and Present, 1620-1908 Edinburghp393
Item 2 of 3McEwan, P J M1994Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture   
Item 3 of 3National Galleries of Scotland website   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this engraver:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Census records onlineCensuses  
Item 2 of 3England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 3 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register