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Sir Walter Thomas Monnington PRA (1903-1976)

Sir Walter Thomas Monnington, PRA NEAC (1902-1976)

One of the outstanding draughtsmen of his generation, Thomas Monnington gained a particular reputation for his figure compositions, both easel paintings and large-scale decorations. His cool, analytical approach was honed at the Slade School – where he would return to teach – and was influenced by his encounter with artists of the Italian Quattrocento, while at the British School at Rome. That approach would later affect both his decision to turn to abstraction, and the appearance of the works that resulted. Able as an administrator as well as an artist and teacher, he became one of the most effective Presidents of the Royal Academy.

Thomas Monnington was born in Westminster, London, on 2 October 1902, the younger son of the barrister, Walter Monnington, and his wife, Catherine (née Brown), who had trained as a painter in Paris. He grew up at Seaford, Sussex, and was educated at St Peter’s School, Seaford, and Brunswick School, Haywards Heath.

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