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Thomas Tomkins (1572–1656) was a Welsh-born composer of Cornish origins of the late Tudor and early Stuart period. In addition to being one of the prominent members of the English Madrigal School he was a skilled composer of keyboard and consort music.

He was born in St David's in Pembrokeshire. His father was also a musician, a vicar choral of the cathedral of St Davids, and organist there; his three half-brothers were musicians as well, but none attained the… read more

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  • Avatar for Shrink125
    And 9 months later no one has removed the offending images!
  • Avatar for Shrink125
    As pointed out below one image is from the late 18th century, and the other is a portrait of Charles I by van Dyke! OOOOPS! Still a century late, better than 2 I suppose1 :)
  • Avatar for Chastelard
    Erm... that current picture is of a different Thomas Tomkins, painted by Joshua Reynolds in 1789. You can clearly see that the hairstyle is wrong for the 17th century. I don't think any likenesses survive of Tomkins the composer.
  • Avatar for Grosseteste
    What on Earth is wrong with "Thomas Tomkins"? People who add the red warning graphic should have the courtesy to let people know why.

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