Thomas Fenwick was a Scottish painter. Little is known of the artist although numerous works have been sold at auction. A pupil of Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840) Fenwick seems to have been particularly attracted to Edingburgh from the south by the reputation of Nasmyth’s teaching.
Between the mid 18th and mid 20th centuries, the Cowgate was a poor, often overcrowded slum area. In the 19th century, it was home to much of the city’s Irish immigrant community and nicknamed “Little Ireland”.