AN INCIDENT AT THE RACES

An Incident at the Races
An Incident at the Races

AN INCIDENT AT THE RACES

Pencil and gouache heightened with white
Signed with initials
44.00 x 39.50cm (17.32 x 15.55 inches)
£2,250.00

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Thomson was born in Bangalore, India, where his father was a British civil servant. Deaf from birth he was educated at the Royal School for Deaf Children at Margate. Although he spent some time at the London Art School in Kensington he was a largely self-taught artist and initially worked as a commercial artist and poster designer. In the 1930s he created a series of murals for the Duncannon Hotel in London. He was was an Official War Artist to the Royal Air Force in World War II and in 1942 took over the post from which Eric Kennington had recently resigned. During this time her painted several portraits of RAF air crews and also medical and civil defence subjects. In 1945 he was elected to the Royal Academy and became a respected society portrait painter and muralist. In the 1948 Olympia Games in London, Thomson became the last person to win a Gold Medal for painting as medals for art were abandoned in subsequent Olympia games. He was a member of the Chelsea Arts Club and the London Sketch Club. The Tate Gallery, Imperial War Museum, Arts Council Collection and many provincial galleries hold examples of his work.

This humorous subject of an incident at a race meeting was probably executed in the late 1920s as a design for a transport poster.

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