Thomas Fead was a Scottish painter born in 1826 and died in Scotland in 1900.
By 1868, Fead had established himself as the leading proponent of the Scottish genre in both London and Edinburgh. An early protégé, his talent and enthusiasm had prompted his older brother John to secure him a place at the Trustees' Academy. By the time he was twenty-three, he had exhibited more than 20 pictures at the Royal Scottish Academy. In 1849, the Art Journal selected his work, as it should on many successive occasions, declaring, "Thomas Faed, we prophesy, will achieve great fame in his department of art - rustic interiors with figures. Faed first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1851, and in 1855 The Mitherless Bairn caused a sensation among critics and the public. A venerable marquis fell to his knees before him, alarming the authorities about his relative ability to get up again.
The work offered shows a fine image by his hand, an interior with several people. It is a well struck piece with fine detail and nice composition.