JOHN THOMPSON (1924 - 2011)

MANCHESTER RD, BURNLEY

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

England

DATED

20TH CENTURY

MEDIUM

Watercolour

SIGNED

Bottom RHS

DIMENSIONS

Painting

460mm x 360mm

Framed

630mm x 540mm

PRICE

£995

 

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Good sized signed watercolour and a great example of the renowned John Thompsons work. The painting depicts the Tram line on Manchester Rd, in Burley around the 1920's - 1930's. The painting is full of interest and activity. In the foreground a cloth capped man is leaning against a lamp post looking up Manchester Rd towards the Tram, which is working its way up the Manchester road with the tram lines overhead and what looks like the Bull Hotel in the RHS bottom Corner. Shops and buildings are painted either side of road with groups of people mingling on the pavements or crossing the rd. A number of other horse and carriage vehicles are seen spotted along the rd. 

JOHN THOMPSON (1924 - 2011) 

Born in Oldham and essentially self-taught, John Thompson (1924-2012) is famous for painting groups of figures. Cloth capped and anonymous, that loom, loiter, parade and parley in an obscure way that baffles children.

He is held in very high regard and is compared to other, better known northern artists such as Theodore Major. Harold Riley and the man himself, L. S. Lowry. This recognition has taken time to develop, but in the last 7 years of his life John enjoyed enormous commercial success.

John Thompson then found much success, with numerous well received solo exhibitions in many places including Manchester, Falmouth and London, with one of his works being purchased by the House of Lords, where it now hangs in the Committee Rooms.

A very collectable artist, a book covering John's life and work, entitled John Thompson - "Do you like 'em then" was published in 2006 with Clark Art in Hale. His work is seen firmly within the Northern School alongside artists including Alan Lowndes, Theodore Major and L S Lowry.