Thomas Hicks, 1823–90, American portrait painter, b. Newtown, Pa. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and abroad, where he lived for several years. He settled in New York City in 1849 and there became one of the outstanding portraitists of his day. The New-York Historical Society has some interesting portraits; others of President Lincoln, Henry Ward Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edwin Booth as Iago, Hamilton Fish, and Daniel W. Middleton are in the Capitol, Washington, D.C. The Metropolitan Museum has a portrait of the artist's wife.