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Thomas Faed

Thomas Faed

A carte-de-visite portrait of the British artist Thomas Faed (1826-1900).

The son of millwright, Faed painted mainly scenes of peasant life in Scotland. Due to his failing sight he was compelled to give up painting in 1892. He was blind for the last seven years of his life.

‘A man who in his day was more popular and almost as celebrated as Landseer, was handsome, joyous Thomas Faed. Now his fame lingers only in the pages of biographical dictionaries, but once it was on everyone’s lips. In his prime, few could rival him in attraction; he seemed universally feted and courted; he was invited everywhere, he dined out nightly and commanded fabulous prices for his pictures’ [A.M.W. Sterling, Victorian Sidelights, 1954].

Photographed by Maull and Polyblank of London.


Code: 125626
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