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Thomas Nelson MacLean, 1845-1894

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1845
Place of Birth: Deptford
Date of Death: 1894
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Identity:

Thomas Nelson MacLean was a sculptor.

Life:

From 1870 MacLean exhibited regularly in London at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery and Society of British Artists. He also exhibited at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. In 1876 he became a member of the Society of British Artists, a society for which JW acted as President from 1886 to 1888. In 1885 MacLean, along with JW, promised to donate one of his pictures to the society which was holding a ballot to raise funds. The first fifty subscribers of £5.5 were to receive an etching by JW [#09363]. In October 1886 the society's financial difficulties were in part met by a lottery of JW's etchings to which MacLean subscribed [#05276]. He was among those who resigned in support of JW when he was forced to stand down as President in 1888 [#03506].

In 1884 JW invited MacLean to a private view of 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884. MacLean's address at this time was 141 Church Street, Chelsea [#08683]. In 1889 he was among those included in the preliminary preparations for a meal to be held at the Criterion on 1 May in celebration of JW's honorary membership of the Royal Academy in Munich [#05636]. He was also invited to dine at JW's home [#08086].

Bibliography:

UK census 1881 from http://www.familysearch.org (accessed 2004); Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1880.