Died 28 June 1893
Active: 1861 - 1893
Country of birth: England
Country of death: Ireland
Born in Birmingham in 1819, son of James Earley (1788-1845). Founding partner of Earley and Company, Ecclesiastical Sculptors, Church Decorators and Stained Glass Manufacturers. Brother of John Earley, sculptor and uncle of William Earley, stained glass artist. Thomas Earley established himself in Dublin as an agent for John Hardman and Company of Birmingham, an ecclesiastical firm of church decorators, whose work included stained glass designed by A. W. N. Pugin.
The company is described in the following advertisement: 'Mssrs Earley and Powells beg to announce that Mssrs John Hardman and Co. of no. 1 Upper Camden Street have resigned the business of Artists, Sculptors, Church Painters and Metal Workers, in their favour. Earley and Powells have added to the above-mentioned business the painting and staining of windows for ecclesiastical and domestic buildings, under the management of Mr. Henry Powell, who conducted the Stained Glass Dept., of John Hardman and Co., Birmingham, for many years. Mr. Thomas Earley is the only church decorator living who was taught his profession by the late A. W. N. Pugin. Earley and Powells being thoroughly practical men in each Dept., are enabled to supply real artistic work at a moderate cost. They, therefore respectfully solicit the patronage of the clergy and the gentry of Ireland. Camden Street Works, Dublin'. ('The Irish Builder', 1 June 1861, p.145) This text suggests Thomas Earley may have been working well before the 1860s since A. W. N. Pugin died in 1852.
Address 1 Upper Camden Street Dublin | View on map
1861 - 1893
Thomas Earley lived at this address (also his business address), according to his death notice in The Irish Times, Thurs. June 29th, 1893. 'June 28- Mr. Thomas Earley, of 1 Upper Camden Street. Funeral from above address tomorrow (Friday) 30th inst. at 9.30 o clock. R.I.P.'.
Institutional and Business Connections
Allied with John Hardman and Company
Feb. 1st, 1861, p. 425.
Director of Earley and Company
Thomas Earley, founding partner of Earley and Company, Dublin, was the brother of John Earley, sculptor.
Citing this record
'Thomas Earley', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib3_1211555817, accessed 21 Dec 2014]