CAMPBELL, THOMAS (1777-1884, Scottish poet)
(i) PORTRAIT BY MESSRS BLOMFIELD OF HASTINGS AFTER A MINIATURE, artist unknown, large vintage photograph printed on porcelain with over-painting in colours on the eyes, hair, cravat and jacket, head and shoulders, 'enlarged from a miniature taken from life when he published the "Pleasures of Hope" in 1799' [according to an earlier catalogue description], the portrait signed lower right 'J Blom[field] Hastings', framed and glazed, elaborate gilt mount and inner frame, printed label on outer frame, size of image 14 x 11 ½ inches (35.5 x 29 cm) overall size 23 x 20 inches (58.5 x 51 cm) [original c. 1798; reproduction ?c.1870]
This unusual portrait is said to have been formerly in the possession of a descendant of the poet, having previously remained in the family. The earliest portrait of Campbell recorded by Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, 1985 is dated c. 1808. Cosway did an unfinished miniature and Raeburn a finished one in c.1810.
According to their printed label on the back of the frame the Blomfield business of 'Photographic Artists' was set up at Trinity House, 44 Robertson Street, in Hastings in 1857. By the 1871 census William Knibb Blomfield (1842-1878) was in the business and by 1867 was joined by his brother John Henry (b. 1850). In about 1870 John Henry went on his own and worked for the Prince of Wales and members of the nobility.
(ii) PORTRAIT BY JAMES GODBY AFTER THOMAS LAWRENCE, engraving, on India paper, half length as young man, after the painting by Thomas Lawrence, framed and glazed, size of image 10 x 8 inches (25 x 19.5 cm), overall size 14 x 12 inches (36 x 30 cm), not dated