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Good, Thomas Sword

Artist, born on 4 December 1789 in Berwick-on-Tweed. He was trained as a house-painter, perhaps under his father, but developed into a portrait and then a genre painter. He was made an Honorary Member of the newly formed Scottish Academy in 1828, but appears to have stopped painting in the mid-1830s. His widow bequeathed three of his paintings to the National Gallery, two of which are now in the Tate Gallery. From his bequest of 4,000 to the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society in 1874, a Methodist association may be inferred. He died on 15 April 1872 and is buried in Berwick parish church.


  • P.E. Bowes, In a Strong Light: the Art of Thomas Sword Good (1989)
  • Oxford DNB

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