Born in England, Thomas Chambers emigrated to America in 1832. He painted first in New York, and later in Boston and Albany. Along with other painters of the early 19th century who came from Europe to settle and work in America, chambers would make a major contribution to the early development of American marine art.
Chambers, having little or no formal art education, painted his portraits, river landscapes, harbor views, battle scenes and open ocean marines in a generally naive style. Typical of his technique are bright flat colors, large generalized forms and sharp contrasts of dark and light patterns in the water and sky.
Although most of chamber's works are unsigned, his paintings are very stylized and dramatic showing great strength and coherence. As such they are easily recognized and are becoming more and more sought after by collectors.