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Stanfield, Clarkson, 1793-1867
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Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867), marine and landscape painter. As a boy, he made several voyages in the merchant service, and was pressed into the Navy in 1812. He retired from the sea after an accident, became a scene painter at a sailor’s theatre in east London, and progressed to be a member of the Hampstead Sketching Society and a friend of Dickens, Thackeray, Macready, Sir Edwin Landseer, David Roberts, Samuel Lover and C. R. Leslie. He was called Clarkson after the anti-slavery agitator, Thomas Clarkson.