Papers of Thomas Hartley Cromek (1809-1873)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the correspondence of artists and others with Hartley and his daughter Mary, 1835-1871. The letters are bound and pasted.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Hartley Cromek was born in London in 1809. He was the son of engraver Robert Hartley Cromek. In 1826 he went to Leeds to study landscape, and also taught himself anatomical drawing. Travels in Italy followed in 1830, with visits to Belgium, Germany and Switzerland on the way. In Florence and in Rome his drawings attracted attention, and up until 1849 he spent his time visiting the principal buildings of Italy and Greece making drawings. His strength was Grecian landscape. In 1850 Cromek was elected an Associate of the New Society of Painters in Water-Colours. Hartley was active between 1835 and 1872 when he had some seventy works exhibited across London: six at the Royal Academy; four at the Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street; and, sixty at the New Water-Colour Society, later the Royal Institute. Thomas Hartley Cromek died in Wakefield in 1873.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Williamson, George C. (ed.). Bryan's dictionary of painters and engravers. Vol. 1. A-C. New ed. Rev. Enlarged. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1930. (2) Graves, Algernon (comp.). A dictionary of artists who have exhibited works in the principal London exhibitions from 1760 to 1893. London: Henry Graves and Co., Ltd., 1901.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.