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Thomas Robert Colman Dibdin
Thomas Robert Coleman Dibdin

T.C.Dibdin - Artist

Son of        Thomas John Dibdin, the Dramatist.
Married to Ann Alice Jones 25 Jul 1834
Portrait of Ann Alice Dibdin as Mrs T.C.Dibdin

Father of 12 Children including Robert Lowes Dibdin and William Joseph Dibdin, the Engineer.

Connection with other Families including Jones and Aglio



1810 Born in Bletchworth Surrey  
1835-40   2 Radcliffe Terrace, Goswell Road, London  
1840-45 Lived at 33 New Bond Street  
1845 "  maybe 23 Charlotte Street   Fitzroy Square  
1845-49 " 28 Upper Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square  
1850-55 " 25 The Polygon Somers Town   
1856 " Banstead, Surrey  
1881 " 53 Belsize Rd Kilburn   
1893 Died Sydenham  

Thomas Colman  Dibdin was an illustrator and painter. Born in Bletchworth, Surrey on October 22nd 1810. His father was the dramatist, Thomas Dibdin. His working life began in the General Post Office as a clerk, at seventeen years old. Eleven years later, at the age of 28, he left that employment to take up painting professionally. Dibdin travelled widely throughout Europe, including, France, Germany and Belgium. Whilst there he drew the old towns and attractive buildings. Later, Dibdin invented the process of Chromo-lithography. He died in Sydenham on December 26th 1893.

He spent quite some time in the Essex area drawing and painting. He publish sketches of houses in the area and produced a watercolour of the Church in Saffron Walden.

It must have been through his time in Essex that he met the Jones Family of Saffron Walden and subsequently married Ann Alice Jones, the sister of the successful teacher Rev.William Taylor Jones. In later years TC Dibdin works for the Rev. William at Sydenham College.

See Drawings by T.C.Dibdin of Essex and Home Counties

Family Tree showing links to Jones Family through his wife and Aglio family through his daughter in law

Portrait of the Mother of William Taylor and Ann Alice Jones

Selections of Biographies

Selections of Works 

125 Sketches around England