The Berger Collection

Collection: Thomas Jones (1742–1803)

Thomas Jones (1742–1803)

The son of a Welsh landowner, Thomas Jones trained for the church at Jesus College, Oxford, before beginning to study painting. In 1761 he enrolled at Shipley’s School in London, and in 1763 he entered the studio of Richard Wilson, with whom he studied for two years. Between 1765 and 1780 he exhibited at the Society of Arts, and later at the Royal Academy. His paintings—so-called ideal landscapes in the style of Claude Lorrain popularized in England by Wilson—were acquired by collectors at the highest levels of society.