Thomas Uwins (NOT Unwins) was James Uwins’s uncle: the latter, probably on the recommendation of his relative, travelled with Edward Lear to Naples, Amalfi and finally to La Cava. In addition to the introduction on Lear, I wrote a short article and translated a couple of letters from the area by Thomas for the forthcoming Amalfi catalogue: Edward Lear: Visioni inedite della Costa di Amalfi.
The two pictures here are earlier than Thomas’s long residence in Italy and are dated 1811.
Thomas Unwins (1782-1857), A Hop Picker at Farnham.
Pen and ink, with another sketch verso, 28cm x 37.5cm.
During his seven years in Italy he specialised in painting everyday events from the life of Neapolitan people, here is an example of his famous “tarantellas” from Christie’s: