Born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, the son of a master mariner, Thomas Baines was educated at Horatio Nelson's Classical and Commercial Academy.
He started his working life in 1836 as an apprentice to an ornamental carriage builder but soon turned to painting and studied under the heraldic painter William Carr.
In 1842, wishing to see more of the world and inspired by explorer artists like George French Angas and William Cornwallis Harris, he left England on the Olivia, bound for Cape Town.
He arrived at Cape Town on 23.11.42 and worked as an apprentice to a cabinet maker, an ornamental sign-paint
Later Baines based himself in the eastern Cape. Many adventures and exploratio
He is of particular interest to me because he painted my g g grandfathe
|Conch 1842 entering Port Natal|
He was not only a prolific painter but was an early exponent of the photographic art, many of his works showing him busy capturing images or setting up his equipment.