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John Murray Thompson (1885-1974) - 20th Century Graphite Drawing, Animal Studies



A set of 4 animal studies in both graphite and watercolour. Unsigned. On wove.


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


16.6 x 23.3cm (6.5" x 9.2")
Sheet: 20.7 x 25.9cm (8.1" x 10.2")

Collection Information

From a delightfully candid collection of works by John Murray Thompson (1885-1974). The collection features a variety of graphite studies, including portraits and animal sketches. Although many are unsigned, all are by the artist's hand.

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Artist Biography

Thomson was born in Crieff, Perthshire, receiving his early education at Morrison's Academy, then at the Edinburgh School of Art. Endowed with a Carnegie Travelling Scholarship, he was able to tour Europe, eventually training for some time at the Académie Julian in Paris.

While abroad, he began to develop an interest in animals and he is known to have worked at local zoos in order to study and draw them from life. When he returned to Scotland, he continued this passion by teaching animal drawing and painting at the Edinburgh College of Art. Gaining a reputation as an accomplished animal painter in his own right, during this time he also illustrated a number of children's books with his wife Ellen.

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Code rg229
Artist John Murray Thompson (1885-1974)
Date 20th Century
Dimensions 16.6 x 23.3cm
Medium Graphite
Style Realism
Subject Animals
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