Fielding, Thomas (DNB00)

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FIELDING, THOMAS (fl. 1780–1790), engraver, is stated to have been born about 1758. He studied under Bartolozzi, but more especially under W. W. Ryland [q. v.], to whom he acted both as pupil and assistant, and was so much engaged on the engravings bearing that artist's name, that few original works of his own exist. After Ryland's disastrous end, Fielding produced some engravings in his own name. Among them were ‘The Meeting of Jacob and Rachael,’ and ‘Moses saved by Pharaoh's Daughter,’ after T. Stothard, R.A .; also ‘Theseus finding his Father's Sword and Sandals,’ and ‘The Death of Procris,’ after Angelica Kauffmann, R.A. The latter are finely engraved in Ryland's stipple manner, and quite reach the level of that artist's productions. Fielding should be distinguished from an engraver, John Fielding, who preceded him, and about 1750 engraved some prints after Hogarth and others.

[Tuer's Bartolozzi and his Works; Nagler's Künstler-Lexikon; Le Blanc's Manuel de l'Amateur d'Estampes.]

L. C.