Thomas Shields Clarke was a pupil of the Art Students' League, New York.
Thomas Shields Clarke entered the atelier of Dagnan-Bouveret, and, becoming interested in sculpture, worked for a while under Henri M. Chapu. As a sculptor, he received a medal of honour in Madrid for his " The Cider Press, " now in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, and he made four caryatides of " The Seasons " for the Appellate Court House, New York. He designed an " Alma Mater " for Princeton University, and a model is in the library. Among his paintings are his " Night Market in Morocco " (Philadelphia Art Club), for which he received a medal at the International Exposition in Berlin in 1891, and his " A Fool's Fool, " exhibited at the Salon in 1887 and now in the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia.
Thomas Clarke married Adelaide Knox on 3 October 1886 in Geneva, Switzerland. The had three children.