David R. THOMAS (London 1916 - London 1990)

From Saint Bride’s

Watercolour and gouache, over a pencil underdrawing, with framing lines in pencil.
Titled, signed and dated FROM SAINT BRIDES / DAVID THOMAS / AD.1960. at the lower right.
426 x 642 mm. (16 3/4 x 25 1/4 in.) [image]
489 x 682 mm. (19 1/4 x 26 7/8 in.) [sheet]

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The collection of the Guildhall Art Gallery in London includes David Thomas's largest work, a sixteen-foot wide view of London from the Top of the Shell Centre, painted in 1968. Other views of the city by Thomas are today in the Government Art Collection in London, which holds two paintings and three drawings by the artist.

This very large and impressive view of the City of London, looking towards St. Paul’s Cathedral, was taken from the spire of the church of St. Bride’s on Fleet Street. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1672, the church boasted one of the tallest church spires in London, rising to a height of 69 metres. Gutted by fire during the Blitz in December 1940, St. Bride’s was rebuilt during the 1950s and rededicated in December 1957. This view of London, drawn by David Thomas in 1960, was therefore executed less than three years after the church was reopened.

A large watercolour by David Thomas of Waterloo Bridge and the Thames from St. Bride’s was acquired by the Government Art Collection from the artist in 1977.

David R. THOMAS

From Saint Bride’s

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