Alfred Reginald Thomson was a portrait, figure and decorative
painter, born in Bangalore, India. After attending the Royal School for
the Deaf and Dumb, Margate, A.R.Thomson studied at the London School of
Art, Kensington, then began exhibiting at the RA from 1920. He was
elected RA in 1945, after several years as an Official War Artist with
the Royal Air Force. Thompson was a mainstream portrait painter of
sensitivity, whose works were a feature of the RA and RP shows for many
years. He completed murals for the Science Museum, London, and
Birmingham Dental Hospital and painted many royal and official
portraits. The Tate and provincial galleries hold his work.
We are grateful to David Buckman for the above note.