- Thomas Combe
Thomas Combe (1796–1872) was a Superintendent of the
Oxford University Pressin Oxford, England, and a patron of the arts. He was also a founder and benefactor of St Barnabas Church, near the Press in Jericho and close to Oxford Canal.
Combe was the son of a bookseller in
Leicestershire. He joined the University Press (or Clarendon Press) in 1837 at its then new (1830) building in Walton Street. Eventually he rose to manage it [ [http://www.sbarnabas.org.uk/history.htm St Barnabas Church: History] ] .
He and his wife Martha (1806-1893) were keen patrons of the arts and particularly appreciated
Pre-Raphaeliteart. In 1849, he met the Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millaisin Oxford, who painted portraits of Combe's family [Tate. [http://www.tate.org.uk/ophelia/millais_print.htm John Everett Millais 1829-1896] ] .
They were also devotees of the Tractarian or
Combe is buried in
St Sepulchre's Cemetery, off Walton Street, near the University Press.
* [http://www.oxforddnb.com/index/101006021/ Thomas Combe] in the
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
NAME = Combe, Thomas
ALTERNATIVE NAMES =
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Printer and patron of the arts
DATE OF BIRTH = 1796
PLACE OF BIRTH = Leicestershire, England
DATE OF DEATH = 1872
PLACE OF DEATH = Oxford, England
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