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Alfred Henry Robinson Thornton NEAC (1863-1939) - 1911 Oil, Painswick Pig Sties



A colorful, autumnal oil showing the back of a dilapidated pigsty outhouse with tumbled down wall and missing roof tiles, in the town of Painswick in Gloucestershire. Bright Autumn sunshine shines on the scene and the branches of bare trees stand out against the blue sky.  The artist has signed and dated to the lower right corner. The painting is on canvas laid to stretchers. The artist has inscribed to the stretchers at the reverse "Pig Sties, Gloucestershire, Painswick." On canvas.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. There is a small repair to the canvas at the lower left corner which has been restored front and back. There is some wear to the paint around the outer edge of the canvas.


37.6 x 47.6cm (14.8" x 18.7")
Sheet: 41.6 x 52.2cm (16.4" x 20.6")

Collection Information

Sulis Fine Art is proud to present a fine collection of oil and watercolour landscape paintings by the well-listed artist Alfred Henry Robinson Thornton NEAC (1863-1939).

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Artist Biography

Alfred Henry Robinson Thornton NEAC (1863-1939) was a painter born in Delhi, India. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, Thornton then attended the Slade School from 1888 to 1889, and Westminster School of Art from 1890 to 1892, winning prizes for landscape painting.

The artist also taught at Westminster School of Art as an assistant to Walter Sickert, 1893-94. He was elected a member of the NEAC in 1895 and acted as its Honorary Secretary from 1928. He was also an elected member of the London Group in 1924.

A prolific exhibitor, he showed frequently at the RA, NEAC, RBA, Goupil Gallery, Cooling Gallery, RSA, FAS and Redfern Gallery.

Thornton wrote 'The Diary of an Art Student of the Nineties', published the year before his death and which still remains a useful source of information on the various issues and factions that shaped the period. He was a member of the then influential Cheltenham Group, and a memorial exhibition was held at the Redfern Gallery in the year of his demise.

Examples of his work are in the collections Bradford Art Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds University Collection, Museums Sheffield, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, BM, CAS, and at Tate Gallery, London.

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Code px600
Artist Alfred Henry Robinson Thornton NEAC (1863-1939)
Date 1911
Dimensions 37.6 x 47.6cm
Medium Oil
Style Impressionism
Subject Landscape
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