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Adam Bruce THOMSON 1885 - 1975

Biography

Adam Bruce Thomson was born in 1885, attending first the Trustees Academy and then the newly established Edinburgh College of Art. Here he received Diplomas in both Drawing and Painting, and Architecture, before scholarships took him abroad to Spain and then Paris. He was an accomplished etcher and lithographer, and also worked in pastels and watercolour. By the 1920s, his technique echoed the work of Peploe and Cadell, favouring the technique of painting on a gesso ground, with subjects treated in flat areas of colour.

Thomson served in the Great War before returning to the College where he taught etching, composition and still life to the Painting School, and colour theory to the architecture students. His association with Edinburgh College of Art continued until his death; although he retired from teaching in 1950, he continued as an examiner and a Trustee. His links with both the RSA, where he was Treasurer for seven years, and the RSW, where he served as President for a further seven years from 1957, were very important to him. He was awarded an OBE in 1963.