Thomas Faed

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Thomas Faed

Scottish painter

Born 1826 - Died 8/17/1900

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Tom Faed was born in Kirkudbrightshire in 1826, the son of James Faed, a Millwright. He was educated at the School of Design Edinburgh, and became an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1849. In 1852 he moved to London, where he became rapidly successful - he was also very handsome. Faed became ARA in 1859 and RA in 1864. He was best known as a painter of genre, his pictures including The Motherless Bairn, Home and The Homeless, From Dawn to Sunset, and The Last of the Clan. Genre with a Scottish lilt and a strong element of pathos. Faed lived in St John’s Wood, and was a member of the Athenaeum Club.

In the early 1890s Tom Faed’s sight began to fail, and he became a retired RA in 1894, which allowed him the privileges of an Academician without the obligations, and the Academy to elect another RA. He died on 17th August 1900.

  • Our thanks go to Paul Ripley for his kind permission to reprint this article from his website, Victorian Art in Britain.

  • Personal

    brother of


    associate member of

    • Royal Academy of Art from 1859
    • Royal Scottish Academy from 1849

    full member of

    • Royal Academy of Art from 1864

    member of

    • Athenaeum Club
    • Faed family

    retired of

    • Royal Academy of Art from 1894

    student at

    • School of Design, Edinburgh

    X Mass - 1887 -

    Dear Sir,
    I send you my autograph with very great pleasure.
    I am very pleased to think that my name is known in your great country.
    Yours truly

    Thomas Faed

    F.R. Brussa Esq.

    Image courtesy of Don Kurtz

    Image courtesy of Don Kurtz