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Thomas Musgrave Joy (1812 - 1866)
Thomas Musgrave Joy was an English painter born in July 1812 in Boughton Monchelsea near Kent and died in April 1866. At first Joy’s parents discouraged his early interest in art, however he was allowed to leave Kent to study with Samuel Drummond ARA in London. By 1831 Joy was exhibiting at the Royal Academy and in the following year he exhibited at the society of British Artists.
Joy was primarily known for his wonderful portraits, which gained him many aristocratic commissions including Lord Panmure and Sir Charles James Napier. In 1841 he received Royal commission, painting portraits of the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Queens dogs. These paintings now reside in the Royal collection. Joy has other artworks in galleries such as the V&A and McManus gallery.