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John Thompson (1924-2011) - 1962 Pen and Ink Drawing, Man with Pipe



A delicate pen and ink drawing by the British artist John Thompson (1924-2011). Thompson was well known for his drawings of working men and particularly of his “groups of men”. This particular pen sketch is earlier in Thompson's career, as he only began to make art for a living aged 56. Drawn on card. Signed and dated.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration.


17.5 x 5.5cm (6.9" x 2.2")
Sheet: 18.2 x 6.5cm (7.2" x 2.6")

Artist Biography

John was born in Oldham into a typically working class family, on leaving school he was expected to find employment. Thompson spent the next 40 plus years doing various types of work. He was essentially a self taught artist, however for 5 years he attended evening classes in life drawing. It was only in 1980 that he decided to become a full time artist. After a slow start he moved to the Alexandra Centre in Uppermill. It was when he moved here that he started to be noticed and his work soon attracted a keen following. In his last few years he achieved great success and wide critical acclaim. He had several one man shows in and around Manchester and in 2002 three of his paintings were purchased for the House of Lords and now hang in the Committee Rooms. In March 2006 a book on his life and work was published entitled - "John Thompson - Do you like em then?"

More Information
Code pt259
Artist John Thompson (1924-2011)
Date 1962
Dimensions 17.5 x 5.5cm
Framed No
Medium Pen and Ink
Style Naive
Subject Portrait
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