Theodore Blake Wirgman (1848-1925)

Illustration from The People's Magazine

The painter and illustrator T. B. Wirgman came from a Swedish family, but grew up in London, studying at the Royal Academy Schools from age 15. He later worked in Paris under Hebert, before returning to London. He produced a series of portraits for the Graphic magazine, and continued to draw and paint portraits thereafter, including a lot of artists, among which we can mention the illustrations of British sculptors reproduced in the Century Magazine.

As well as portraits, Wirgman also painted contemporary and historical genre subjects. His fine line illustrative work in the 1870s-1900s is in a similar vein.

An example of Wirgman's genre paintings is Gather ye Rosebuds at Bradford. His illustrations crop up from time to time in the illustrated magazines.

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