The Old Print Shop

Thomas R. Manley


Thomas Rathbone Manley was an American painter, printmaker and illustrator, born in Buffalo, New York. He is perhaps best known for his impressionist paintings. Manley hadn't always aspired to be an artist, however. He originally took up law, but soon found the studies to be dull and changed course. As an artist, Manley was largely self-taught, only having a couple months of formal art training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. After leaving Philadelphia, Manley moved New York City, where he was picked up by Frederick Keppel, one of the city's leading print dealers. It helped further establish his career as an artist.

Manley was a member of the Water Color Society, the National Arts Club in New York, and the American Society of Miniature Painters. He was also one of the founding members of the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey, where he was referred to as "The Dean of Montclair Artists." Manley was awarded the bronze medal for etchings at the St. Louis Expedition in 1904.