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Alfred Reginald Thomson RA (1895-1979) - 1929 Pen Drawing, Three Academicians



A humorous illustration by the British artist Alfred Reginald Thomson, entitled 'A Story of Three Royal Academicians'. Thomson has depicted three gentlemen enjoying a drink at a bar, all three of the gentlemen appear not to be able to handle their drink. Inscribed at the lower right 'To T.C. Dugdale 1929, A.R. Thomson'. Thomas Cantrell Dugdale was a British artist and renowned portrait painter and served as a war artist in both World War One and World War Two. Drawn on wove laid to thin card. Signed and dated.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and foxing. With minor surface marks.


26.3 x 29.9cm (10.4" x 11.8")
Sheet: 27.9 x 31.6cm (11" x 12.4")

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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 ps596
Artist Alfred Reginald Thomson RA (1895-1979)
Date 1929
Dimensions 26.3 x 29.9cm
Framed No
Medium Pen and Ink
Style Illustration Art
Subject Illustration
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