Thomas Cheesman is a well known draughtsman and engraver of portraits after notable painters, such as Sir William Beechey, Samuel De Wilde, Luis Eusebi, William Evans, Johann Sebastian Mόller, Robert Muller, John Opie, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Joseph Wright. He engraved in mezzotint and stipple with allegorical, genre, history, illustration, literary, mythological, portraits and religious subjects. He worked in London at 40 Oxford Street, 72 Newman Street and, in 1834, 28 Francis Street, from which address he published his own and other prints. He was a pupil of the enormously successful stipple engraver, Francesco Bartolozzi who employed 50 pupils and assistants in his London studio, and has often been described as one of his most outstanding pupils. For a time he also worked as an assistant to engraver and bookseller, Edward Harding. Thirteen engraved portraits of known English personalities, ranging in date from 1796 to 1825, are kept at the National Portrait Gallery of England.