Thomas Shotter Boys, NWS)
On the canal, Braunschweig, Germany
Signed and dated l.l.: T.S. Boys 1865, watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with white and scratching out
44.5 x 31.7 cm; 17 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches
Christie’s, 5 July 2011, lot 176
New Water-colour Society, 1865, no. 270 (£20)
James Roundell, Thomas Shotter Boys, 1974, p. 220
T.S. Boys trained as an engraver and moved to Paris in 1823 where he worked as a lithographer and watercolourist. He was a friend of Richard Parkes Bonington and shared a studio with him before Bonington’s untimely death in 1828. Boys’ own pupils in Paris included William Callow and Ambrose Poynter.
Boys made several visits to Belgium in the late 1820s and early 1830s and was in Brussels during the Belgian Revolution of 1830. His wife Célèstine was Belgian, her home either in or near Soignies.
Boys returned to London in 1837 and continued his lithographic work and pioneered the new technique of chromolithography.
He found new subjects in Germany after 1840, many of which were exhibited at the New Water-colour Society.
The accuracy of his architectural portraits of buildings was highly skillful, Paris and London his main subjects.
Boys’ work can be found in most major British museums and at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven.