Wainewright, Thomas Griffiths (1794-1847)

Also known as
Bonmot, Egomet (1794-1847)
Vinkbooms, Cornelius Van (1794-1847)
Wainewright, Thomas (1794-1847)
Weathercock, Janus (1794-1847)
Field of activity
Artist; Writer; Draughtsman; Painter; Journalist
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35989301
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Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (1794-1847), artist and writer, was born in October 1794 at Richmond near London, the son of Thomas Wainewright and his wife Ann, daughter of the publisher, Ralph Griffiths....

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Painter, journalist and convict from a well connected family. Transported to Hobart Town in 1837. His many portraits provide pictorial documentation of personalities in Hobart Town before 1850.

painter, journalist and convict, was born in London on or about 11 October 1794. Wainewright’s parents died soon after his birth and his upbringing and education were provided for by his maternal grandfather, Ralph Griffiths, founding editor of the Monthly Review (est. 1749), a periodical devoted to literary criticism. Griffiths associated with such revolutionary thinkers as Tom Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft, Josiah Wedgwood, Henry Fuseli and William Blake, and the intellectual atmosphere of Linden House, Griffiths’s London home in Turnham Green, was to be a major influence in Wainewright’s life. Family connections included the novelist Fanny Burney, the musicologist Charles Burney and his son Charles junior, the classical scholar in whose Greenwich Academy Wainewright was educated. His interests developed in both literature and painting, although his upper middle-class background inclined him towards a leisured and dilettante approach to the arts. While still a young man Wainewright began to collect gems, books, prints and objets d’art . In 1813 he began a brief apprenticeship with the portrait painter and Royal Academician Thomas Phillips (1770-1845). Wainewright’s first known works, a lost portrait of Byron (a friend of his great-uncle) and a sepia and wash Amorous Scene (British Museum) showing affinities with Fuseli, date from this time. John Linnell also claimed Wainewright as a pupil in an unpublished autobiography – a likely enough connection given Wainewright’s later subject-matter. From 11 April 1814 until 15 May 1815, Wainewright served with the Bedfordshire 16th Regiment of Foot, having purchased a commission for £400 later relinquished by ...

  • 21 November 1837 Arrival at Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land on convict transport 'Susan'.

Flourished

  • fl. c.1820 - c.1820

Flourished

  • fl. c.1813 - c.1830

Flourished

  • fl. 1837 - 1847

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Design and Art Australia Online

  • Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, TAS
  • University of Adelaide, SA
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
  • Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS
  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
  • Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, State Library of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS
  • New York Historical Society Collection, USA
  • British Museum, London, England, UK
  • Royal Academy
  • (see also) Blake, William
  • (see also) Griffiths, Ralph
  • (see also) Ward, Eliza Frances
  • (see also) Paine, Tom
  • (see also) Wollstonecraft, Mary
  • (see also) Wedgwood, Josiah
  • (see also) Fuseli, Henry
  • (see also) Griffiths, George
  • (see also) Phillips, Thomas
  • (see also) Byron,
  • (see also) Hood, Robin Vaughan
  • (see also) Knight, William
  • (see also) John T. Payne
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  1. [Thomas Griffiths Wainewright : Art & Artist Files (Australia and New Zealand)]
    Wainewright, Thomas Griffiths, 1794-1847
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  2. Essays and criticisms / by Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, now first collected with some account of the author, by W. Carew Hazlitt
    Wainewright, Thomas Griffiths, 1794-1847
    [ Book : 1880 ]
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  3. The Cutmear twins / Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
    Wainewright, Thomas Griffiths, 1794-1847
    [ Art work : 1982 ]
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  4. Wainewright the poisoner / Andrew Motion
    Motion, Andrew, 1952-
    [ Book : 2000-2001 ]
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    Wainewright the poisoner / Andrew Motion
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  5. Suburban gentleman : the life of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, poet, painter, and poisoner / by John Lindsey
    Muriel, John St. Clair, 1909-
    [ Book : 1942 ]
    At 6 libraries
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  6. Wainewright in Tasmania / Robert Crossland
    Crossland, Robert
    [ Book : 1954-1960 ]
    At 35 libraries
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  7. Johnny Crook, Nat Name Janenbus[?F__?] Illawarra / Possibly by T. G. Wainewright
    Wainewright, Thomas Griffiths, 1794-1847
    [ Art work ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Johnny Crook, Nat Name Janenbus[?F__?] Illawarra / Possibly by T. G. Wainewright
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  8. Mary Ann Giblin : wife of Thomas Giblin
    Wainewright, Thomas Griffiths, 1794-1847
    [ Photograph : 1932-1936 ]
    At Libraries Tas
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  9. Portrait of Thomas Giblin / T. Griffiths Wainwright (sic)
    Wainewright, Thomas Griffiths, 1794-1847
    [ Art work : 1846 ]
    At Libraries Tas
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  10. [Major William de Gillern, his wife Harriet and Miss Lucy Scott at Rocky Hills probation station] / [picture]
    Wainewright, Thomas Griffiths, 1794-1847
    [ Art work : 1840-1849 ]
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    At National Library
    [Major William de Gillern, his wife Harriet and Miss Lucy Scott at Rocky Hills probation station] / [picture]
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  1. [Thomas Griffiths Wainewright : Art & Artist Files (Australia and New Zealand)]
    Wainewright, Thomas Griffiths, 1794-1847
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  2. Thomas Griffiths Wainewright : artist file
    Wainewright, Thomas Griffiths
    [ Book ]
    At Nat Portrait Gall
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  3. Old stories re-told : Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (Janus Weathercock), the prisoner
    [ Book : 1867 ]
    At National Library
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  4. [Biographical cuttings on Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, convict and artist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  5. A letter about Thomas Wainewright : with copies of articles about him / N.J.B. Plomley
    Plomley, N. J. B. (Norman James Brian)
    [ Unpublished : 1938 ]
    At University of Sydney
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  6. Wainewight in Tasmania
    Crossland, Robert
    [ Book : 1954 ]
    At UON Library
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  7. Essays and criticisms / by Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, now first collected with some account of the author, by W. Carew Hazlitt
    Wainewright, Thomas Griffiths, 1794-1847
    [ Book : 1880 ]
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  8. The Cutmear twins / Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
    Wainewright, Thomas Griffiths, 1794-1847
    [ Art work : 1982 ]
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  9. [Photographic copies of a possible portrait by Thomas Griffiths Wainewright and handwriting, copies made at unknown date of originals dated 1845]
    [ Photograph : 1845 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  10. The prince of poisoners : a story based on incidents in the life of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (1794-1852) / by Arthur Adlon
    Adlon, Arthur
    [ Book : 1960 ]
    At Uni of Melb Library
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  1. POISONER, PAINTER, CONVICT Thomas Wainewright
    The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Saturday 6 July 1940 p 4 Article
    ... Imprisonment in tlie colonv from 1817 to his death In 1847 There ire some good examples of his work In the Art ... that must have been Walnew right s lot it the time Ho was bom in 1794 His mother died in giving him ... 528 words
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  2. The Book-Lover Wainewright Of Tasmania
    Voice (Hobart, Tas. : 1931 - 1953) Saturday 11 March 1933 p 6 Article
    ... these is the crime for which Thomas Griffith Wainewright was, in 1837, transported for life to Van ... Diemen's Land. As the- story; of Wainewright has been much manhandled, and as lie is sometimes confused ... 1725 words
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  3. Painter and Poisoner The Crimes of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Saturday 8 March 1941 p 10 Article
    ... on a charge of forgery. Wainewright's mother died at his birth in 1794, and while still very young he ... ," Forster men— tions that in 1847 Lady Biesslngton received from her brother, Major Power, who held a ... 1170 words
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  1. No. 5. LIST OF UNCLAIMED LETTERS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, 1860.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 13 March 1860 [Issue No.54] p 516

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    ... David 8 Allan John, at the Hospital, Bathurst 10 Anderson Thomas 11 Anderson H. G., late of Tuena 12 ... Ancott Fredk. 13 Anton Thomas 14 Aguilar Mrs., druggist 16 Arnall G. 17 Ashley J., medical officer ... 4356 words
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    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 13 April 1860 [Issue No.69] p 712

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    ... Griffin Wm. 41 Griffiths T., draper 42 Grigg Miss C, 43 Grimley S. 44 Gundy Emma (2) 46 Gunn Mrs., 24 ... Palmer-street 18 Hart Mrs. Minter 19 Hart Thomas, builder, Straw berry Hills 20 Hart C'apt. Thos. 21 ... 4616 words
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    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Thursday 8 September 1887 [Issue No.502 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 5931

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    ... Thomas 64 Donnely J,, "ShakespeareHotel" 66 Dougherty Mrs. P. 67 DouglasH. A. 68 DouglaB Miss Amy M. 69 ... Edmund, 129 Macquarie etreefc 2 Eals Thomas 5 Eanery W. 6 Earl Fred. 7 East Edward, care of Burns, Philp ... 8172 words
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  2. Thomas Griffiths Wainewright: dilettante, or simply misunderstood?
    Morris, Andrew
    Australiana
    [ Article : 2005 ]
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  3. THOMAS GRIFFITHS WAINEWRIGHT (1 March 1924)
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  4. Wainewright the poisoner: the confession of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright.(Humanities: Language & Literature - English & American)(Brief Article)
    Rollyson, C
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    [ Article : 2000 ]
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  1. Wainewright, Thomas Griffiths
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  2. "Portrait of a gentleman" (Thomas Griffiths Wainewright) 1794-1852 : a radio play / by George Farwell
    Farwell, George, 1911-1976
    [ Unpublished : 1900 ]
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