ARTIST: Albert Gordon Thomas (1893 – 1970)
TITLE: “Early Morning, Oban”
MEDIUM: Watercolour, signed lower right
SIZE: 18.7/8” x 23.5/8”
REF: KFA594 (SOLD)
Albert Gordon Thomas is listed as having lived at Milngavie north of Glasgow around 1935. His address, written lightly in pencil on the reverse of this picture, is shown as Kiloran, Strathblane Road, Milngavie. The title “Early Morning Oban” is also inscribed here above this address. This picture also retains a submission label on the reverse of the frame from the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.
He studied and later taught art at Glasgow School of Art and exhibited some of his work at The Glasgow Institute. He also showed twenty works at The Grosvenor Gallery, one picture at The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and six at The Royal Scottish Academy. He achieved status as a member of The Royal Society of Painters in watercolours in London in 1936, where he exhibited a total of twenty-four works.
This lovely watercolour painting is reminiscent in style and technique of Sir William Russell Flint in its careful and considered layering of flat complimentary tones and colour washes. It seems from this picture, that the highly accomplished and contemporary artist Russell Flint might have influenced Thomas’s style of painting considerably.