Good, Thomas Sword

Artist, born on 4 December 1789 in Berwick-on-Tweed. He was trained as a house-painter, perhaps under his father, but developed into a portrait and then a genre painter. He was made an Honorary Member of the newly formed Scottish Academy in 1828, but appears to have stopped painting in the mid-1830s. His widow bequeathed three of his paintings to the National Gallery, two of which are now in the Tate Gallery. From his bequest of £4,000 to the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society in 1874, a Methodist association may be inferred. He died on 15 April 1872 and is buried in Berwick parish church.

  • P.E. Bowes, In a Strong Light: the Art of Thomas Sword Good (1989)
  • Oxford DNB