It’s 1776 … over 240 years ago.
Meet little Tom, age 7.
He loves drawing people!
His mum and dad run The Black Bear inn in Devizes.
The pub is between London and Bath and lots of famous writers and actors stay there when they are travelling by carriage between the two cities.
People seem to like meeting Tom. He sometimes sketches them and is really good at catching what they look like.
A famous writer called Frances Burney has just written a letter which describes him as “a most lovely Boy of 10 years of Age, who seems to be not merely the wonder of their Family, but of the Times for his astonishing skill in Drawing.”