Stump, Samuel John (DNB00)

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STUMP, SAMUEL JOHN (d. 1863), painter, studied in the schools of the Royal Academy, and for many years held a prominent position as a miniature-painter; he had a large theatrical clientèle, and his portraits of stage celebrities, some of them in character, are numerous. He was an annual exhibitor at the Royal Academy from 1802 to 1845, sending chiefly miniatures, with a few oil portraits and views; he also exhibited miniatures with the Oil and Watercolour Society during its brief existence from 1813 to 1820. Stump practised landscape-painting largely, and frequently sent views of English, Italian, and Swiss scenery to the British Institution up to 1849. He was a member of the Sketching Society, and his ‘Enchanted Isle’ was lithographed for the set of ‘Evening Sketches’ issued by it. His portraits of Lady Audley, Mrs. Gulston, Richard Miles (the collector), G. F. Cooke, Harriot Mellon, Louisa Brunton, and others were engraved, some of them by himself in stipple. Stump died in 1863. His miniature portrait of himself belongs to the corporation of London (Cat. Victorian Exhib. No. 454).

[Redgrave’s Dict. of Artists; Graves’s Dict. of Artists, 1760—1893; Roget’s Hist. of the ‘Old Watercolour’ Society; Exhibition Catalogues.]

F. M. O'D.