Alfred Thornton 1863-1939

Artist biography

Alfred THORNTON 1863–1939

Landscape painter. Born 25 August 1863 in Delhi, son of a civil servant. Studied at Trinity College, Cambridge (graduated 1886). Served in the Foreign Office 1888–9, also studied at the Slade School 1888–9, before going to the Westminster School of Art 1890–2. Visited Le Pouldu, Brittany, with Arthur Studd in 1890. Returned briefly to the Slade 1893 and became associated with Sickert in running an art school 1893–4, and with MacColl and Conder. Contributed to The Yellow Book. Member of the N.E.A.C. 1895 and Hon. Secretary from 1928 onwards; member of the London Group 1924; President of the Cheltenham Group 1926. Author of The Diary of an Art Student of the Nineties 1938. Lived in Bath 1908–20, then in Painswick, Gloucestershire, where he died 20 February 1939. Memorial exhibition at the Redfern Gallery 1939.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II