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Alfred Reginald Thomson RA (1895-1979) - 1936 Pen Drawing, The Artist's Journey



A humorous illustration by the British artist Alfred Reginald Thomson. Drawn on wove and laid to thick card. Signed and dated.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. The composition has been cut and pasted for three different compositions.


33.5 x 23.9cm (13.2" x 9.4")
Sheet: 35 x 28.6cm (13.8" x 11.3")

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Artist Biography

Alfred Reginald Thomson RA (1894-1979) was an English artist and Olympic Gold Medalist, most notable for being an official War Artist to the Royal Air Force during World War Two. Thomson was born in Bangalore in India where his father George was a British civil servant who had married an Irish woman, Florence Green.Thomson was deaf from birth and when the family returned to Britain from India he attended the Royal School for Deaf Children at Margate. At the end of the First World War Thomson established himself as a commercial artist and figure painter.In the 1930s he created a series of murals for the Duncannon Hotel in London. Thomson also had a talent as a caricaturist and he drew his fellow artists and friends. In 1945 Thomson was elected to the Royal Academy and soon became a highly respected society portrait painter. He also continued to paint murals, most notably for the Science Museum and the London Dental School. In the 1948 Olympic Games in London, Thomson became the last person to win a Gold Medal for painting as medals for art were abandoned in subsequent Olympic games.

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Code ps595
Artist Alfred Reginald Thomson RA (1895-1979)
Date 1936
Dimensions 33.5 x 23.9cm
Medium Pen and Ink
Style Illustration Art
Subject Illustration
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