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Thoms, William John, 1803-1885

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Personal name headingThoms, William John, 1803-1885
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Variant(s)Thoms, W. J. (William John), 1803-1885
Thoms, Wm. J. (William John), 1803-1885
See alsoAlternate identity: Merton, Ambrose, 1803-1885
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Birth date1803-11-16
Death date1885-08-15
Place of birthLondon (England)
Place of deathLondon (England)
Field of activityLearning and scholarship Editing Photography
AffiliationSociety of Antiquaries of London Camden Society (Great Britain) Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords Photographic Society Club
Profession or occupationAntiquarians Editors Photographers
Found inHis A collection of early prose romances, 1827-28.
His The book of the court, 1844: t.p. (William J. Thoms)
NUC pre-56 (hdg: Thoms, William John, 1803-1885; usage: William J. Thoms; Wm. J. Thoms; Ambrose Merton; Amb. Mer.; W.J. Thoms)
Rules of the Photographic Society Club, 1856: leaf 5 recto (in list of members: "William J. Thoms Esq., F.S.A.")
Oxford DNB, June 2, 2014 (Thoms, William John (1803-1885), antiquary; born in Westminster, London, on 16 November 1803; clerk in the secretary's office at Chelsea Hospital until 1844; published Early prose romances, 1827-1828; elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, 1838; appointed the first secretary of the Camden Society, 1838, a post he held until 1873; appointed a clerk of the House of Lords on 19 July 1845; in 1846, under the pseudonym Ambrose Merton, he published two volumes of tales and ballads; started the periodical Notes and queries, 1849; appointed assistant librarian of the House of Lords, 1862; died in London on 15 August 1885)
Seiberling, Grace. Amateurs, photography and the Victorian imagination, 1986: page 146 (in Biographical appendix, by Carolyn Bloore: founded Notes and queries in 1849; it became an important vehicle for communications on photography in 1852, with contributions by H.W. Diamond ; Thoms's photographs pictured monuments or objects of antiquarian interest; he seems to have given up photographic activity after 1850s)
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