Wilfred Thompson [active 1884-ca.1921] English Asleep in the Grass, 1906
Oil on canvas
18 x 16 inches
Signed at lower left.
Wilfred Thompson is an English allegorical painter and etcher active around 1884 to 1921. He painted in oil, watercolor and made original etchings after his own drawings and paintings.
Not much is known about the artist perhaps because he moved countries several times in his life. Known address of the artist include: 27, Church-row, Hampstead, NW, England, UK [ca.1891]; 101 West 85th Street, New York, NY [ca.1893-ca.1897] and Via Degli Artisti, Rome IT [ca.1910].
Thompson exhibited at Royal Academy of Arts, London, England and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
His work presented allegorical, mythological, and literary subjects within his art. His work “Dante and Virgil in the limbo of the unbaptized” is included in a book on the literary figure Dante. Thompson appears in a diary recounting artists in Italy in 1910. He is mentioned to have helped earthquake victims in the town of Messina traveling there in the ship Bayern. It was also mentioned that he was in Rome with artist Edward Hooper and working on the decoration for an English church in the city.
Thompson’s works had titles like: Prayer: the church of Sta. Maria in Ara Coeli, Rome, Mors Consolatrix, An Idyll, and Olives, Perugia a watercolor.
His exact birth and death dates are unknown.
– Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, “Catalogue of the Sixty-Sixth Annual Exhibition”, December 21, 1896 – February 22, 1897.
– “Sicily in shadow and in sun; the earthquake and the American relief work, by Maud Howe … with numerous illustrations, including pictures from photographs taken in Sicily and original drawings by John Elliott.” by Maud Elliott Howe [1854-1948], 1910.
– Art and Progress, New York, NY, “American Artists in Rome” by Maud Howe, American Federation of Arts, Washington DC, Volume 1, Number 9, July, 1910.