Thornton, Richard: Broncraft Castle – SOLD


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Artist: Richard Thornton,(born 1922)

Title and date: Broncraft Castle (Shropshire), 1977

Size of picture: 45 x 55 cm

Description: an extraordinary and beautifully detailed oil on canvas reflecting Richard Thornton’s skill as both artist and architect, signed and dated 1977 lower left, framed. This painting draws comparison with the work of John Piper but remains distinctive in style and has recently been professionally cleaned and restored.

More images can be provided on request.

Artist description:

A painter and architect, Richard Thornton was born in Bebington, Cheshire and attended the Birmingham School of Art from 1939 to 1941. Following active war service, he furthered his studies at the School of Architecture, Birmingham, from 1946 to 50. Elected an Associate of the Society in 1978 full membership followed three years later. He has been in architectural practice all his working life and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1950.

He has exhibited his paintings extensively throughout the West Midlands, his main mediums being watercolour and gouache. His pictures are mainly landscapes incorporating buildings, no doubt owing some allegiance to his architectural background. Prior to the mid-1960s most of his work depicted the Black Country and Birmingham, particularly showing bomb damaged buildings and industrial deterioration. Latterly however, the majority of his work has shown views of hill towns and villages in Tuscany and Provence.