Ernest Heber Thompson (New Zealand artist) 1900's
Artist signed etching
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Product Code: 170513-2
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Print number 4 from a very small edition of only 50 impressions.
(Ernest) Heber Thompson; 1891-1971, born Dunedin, New Zealand. Painter, draughtsman, printmaker and teacher, attended Art School in New Zealand before becoming a commercial artist and cartoonist for the Daily Times. He enlisted to fight in the First World War in 1915, and served as a sergeant in the 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade.
Heber was badly wounded at Messines in 1917 and was sent to England
where he remained after the end of the War and exhibited widely, including at the Royal Academy and was a representative of the New Zealand National Art Gallery in London. He was an air raid warden in WW2, and subsequently commissioned to portray his fellow members of the police and civil defence who had won bravery awards. He initially lived in Hampstead and taught art part-time until the 1950's at various London schools.
A fine etching which is bright and unfaded in black ink, the image measuring 17 cms. x 23 cms. (6½ x 9 ins.) within a strong platemark and impression, on a wove paper sheet size measuring 20 cms. x 29 cms. (8 x 11 ins.)
Signed in the image and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin.
Unframed and unmounted, blank on the reverse, the condition of the image and the sheet is very good with handling marks condusive with age.