Thomas Chambers

Thomas Chambers was a British artist who specialized in landscapes and maritime paintings. Born in London in 1808, Chambers immigrated to the United States in 1832. He settled in New York City in 1834 and can be found in the city’s census for six years before moving to Boston for eight years. In 1851, he returned to New York, settling in Albany until 1857. For the next ten years, Chambers was listed in the city directories in Boston for a few years and again in New York for two separate periods before he no longer appeared on the census. Since there is no further record on this artist, it was assumed that he passed away sometime around 1866.

Chambers was known to not limit his paintings only to places he visited, but copied other paintings and created his scenes from his imagination. He borrowed ideas from William H. Bartlett's (1809-1854) views as well as Asher B. Durand’s (1796–1886) and Jacques Gerard Milbert's (1766-1840) pieces creating both landscapes and maritime scenes of war ships and other nautical subjects.