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Edward Horace Thompson (1879-1949)

Edward Horace Thompson was a landscape painter mainly in watercolours. Born in 1879 at Seaton near Workington, Cumbria, the son of an engineer, he took up painting when he was 12, much to the disapproval of his parents. But, with support from an older brother he was allowed to paint and at school he was encouraged by his art teacher, Joe Barnes (possibly the artist Joseph Barnes). After leaving school, Edward Thompson worked as an office clerk at the local steel works, the “Combine” in Workington, for 25 years, painting in his spare time. By 1918, he had gained a reputation that enabled him to gave up his job and become a full-time artist. He moved to Eaglesfield near Cockermouth where he opened a studio. Around 1924, he started using the pseudonym Donald Paton for some of his works (mostly Scottish).  We have read differing accounts about his use of the name Paton: The first being that it was to increase local Cockermouth sales because Cumbrians didn't rate local artists. The second, that a visiting London dealer offered to sell his paintings if Thompson signed them Donald A. Paton as they would sell more readily in Scotland (!) where he'd more clients. Also in 1924, for reasons unknown, Thompson changed the style of signature. The family moved in 1928 to Ruddings, Cockermouth, from where he produced probably his best work. "This man devoted his life to painting. It could be said that his pictures are the essence of Cumbrian painting.” Edward H. Thompson: A Phenomenal Talent by C.W. Richardson, 1988. We are always interested in buying good examples of Donald Paton/ Edward H. Thompson watercolours.

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