STOTHAD, THOMAS, 13.A., an eminent designer and painter, 'Was the son of a Lon don publican, who kept the Black Horse in LOUT. Acre, and was b. there in 1755. He received a respectable education in different and on his father's death, 1.s.ving shown a predilection for the use of the pencil, was bound apprentice to a pattern drawer in 11w city, but was released from his engagement before the term of expiry, and betook himself to more artistic work. His first notable effort was a series of designs for the Town and Country Magazine, which was followed by his imaginative compositions for Bell's British, Poets and the Novellat's Magazine. The popularity of these was so great that for many years his services were constantly in request by the lending pub lishers in London. His earliest, pictures exhibited at the royal academy were " The Holy Family," and "Ajax defending the Body of Patroclus?' In 1791 he was chosen an a 3sociate. in 1794 a member, and in 1813 librarian of the academy. Ile died April 27,
1834. Stothard was really an admirable and facile illustrator. Not less than 3.000 of his designs are known; hut his paintings, although gracefully enough and finely colored, are destitute of the originality that comes from study of nature, and painfully resemble enlarged "illustrations" for books. Perhaps the- best known and the most agreeable of the set is his " Canterbury Pilgrims," englayed in 1817; others are the " Flitch of Bacon," the "Fete Champetre," and the paintings executed for the stair case at Borh•igh. the seat of time marquis of Exeter, See Mrs. Bray's Life of Thomas Stothard, N.A., with numerous from his Works (1851).—His son, CHARLES ALFRED STOTHARD (h. 1786, d. 1821), acquired a great reputation as an antiquarian draughtsman. . .