Gaugain family, painters and engravers: correspondence

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence between members of the Gaugain family detailing early 19th century family life and the London art market. Includes seven letters from Phillip Augustus Gaugain to his father Thomas Gaugain concerning their work as artists and the ups and downs of their chosen profession . The archive also includes letters to Thomas Gaugain from his wife (signed M. Gaugain, assumed to be Mariane Gaugain), his daughter Jane and from an unknown individual. There is also a letter from Mariane Gaugain to her daughter Jane, a letter from Mary Satchwell to her husband George, a letter to George Satchwell from an unknown cousin and a letter to George and Mary Satchwell from their son.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Gaugain family worked as painters and engravers in Edinburgh, London and Southampton in the early 19th century. Thomas Gaugain (1756 - ?) married Mariane Ame Le Cointe in 1787 and they had several children including Mary, Jane, James and Phillip Augustus. Both Thomas Gaugain and Phillip Augustus Gaugain worked as painters and engravers, as did Phillip's wife Anne. Thomas Gaugain started to paint in the 1770s and was exhibited at the Royal Academy, from 1780 he concentrated solely on engraving. His last known engraving was published in 1809 and little is known about his life after this date. Thomas Gaugain and his family lived in London during the 1810s but had moved to Edinburgh by 1824. Phillip Augustus Gaugain moved from London to Southampton in the mid 1820s. Both Thomas and Phillip Augustus struggled with making a regular income as artists and engravers.

Mary Gaugain married George Satchwell in 1813 and they had at least one son.

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