- David Meschutt
Chambers, Thomas (fl. 1834–1866), folk artist, was born in London, England. He was forty-seven years old in June 1855, according to the New York state census, and thus would have been born either in 1807 or 1808. Nothing is known of his parents or family background or of his artistic training, if any. He came to the United States in 1832. At an unknown date before his departure from England he married Harriet Shellard of London, who followed him to America in 1834. Presumably Chambers wished to establish himself in this country before bringing his wife. No children are recorded in the 1855 census. Harriet Chambers died in New York City in 1864....