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THOMAS BRETLAND (1802-1874)

1802 to 1874, England

Gone away

Oil in canvas

signed and dated 1838

76.20 x 101.70 cm    30.00 x 40.04 inches


Thomas Bretland was born in Nottingham on 21 April, 1802. As the son of the owner of a coach and carriage business, Bretland’s father was keen for him to join the family firm and in 1816 he became an apprentice. Although he is said to have disliked the job he excelled at it. However, having started sketching at an early age, his main ambition was to train as an artist.

In 1828 ...
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