The Gentleman's Magazine/Volume 225 New Series/George Housman Thomas
Mr. George Housman Thomas, whose death has recently occurred at Boulogne, at the age of forty-four, was apprenticed to G. Bonner, the wood-engraver, and afterwards practised that art in Paris on his own account. In 1843 he went to America to illustrate a New York paper. From America he went to Italy, whence he sent to England many sketches of Rome at the time of the siege, which appeared in the Illustrated London News. He also illustrated "Uncle Tom's Cabin." His drawings attracted the attention of her Majesty, who commissioned him to paint " The Queen Giving the Medals to the Crimean Heroes," which was exhibited in 1856. He also painted for her Majesty "The Coronation of the King of Prussia," " The Marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales," and " The Queen bestowing the Garter on the Sultan." "Rotten Row," which he exhibited at the Academy a few years since, was, perhaps, from the nature of the subject, the most popular of all his recent works. He has left a widow and a young family.