Sir Thomas Monnington

ARTIST

Monnington, Sir Thomas

1902 – 1976

Painter, especially of murals. Born in London, he studied at the Slade School in 1918-23 and was Rome Scholar in 1923-26. He married fellow Rome Scholar Winifred Knights in 1924. Among his public works are a decoration for St Stephen’s Hall, Westminster, 1928, and the new Council House in Bristol, 1956. Monnington taught drawing at the Royal Academy Schools, 1931-39, and in 1949 joined the staff of the Slade, whose strong linear tradition marked his own work. Monnington is represented in a number of public galleries, including the Tate, British Museum and Imperial War Museum. He was elected RA in 1938, became its President in 1966 and was knighted in 1967. There was a memorial exhibition at the RA in 1977. Another traveled from the British School at Rome to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter and the Fine Art Society in 1997. From the 1940s Monnington lived in Groombridge, Kent; the local landscape inspired much of his post-war work. Monnington was one of the outstanding draughtsmen of his generation. He had a considerable influence as a teacher (Euan Uglow was among his pupils), and was one of the most effective of the twentieth-century presidents of the RA, turning around the Academy’s ailing fortunes. Remarkably he was the first president of the Academy to produce abstract paintings and indeed made no distinction between abstract and figurative art: “Surely what matters is not whether a work is abstract or representative, but whether it has merit. If those who visit exhibitions would come without preconceptions, would apply to art the elementary standards they apply in other spheres, they might glimpse new horizons. They might ask themselves: is this work distinguished or is it commonplace? Fresh and original or uninspired, derivative and dull? Is it modest or pretentious?” (Interview in the Christian Science Monitor, 29.5.67).

Selected Literature: Judy Egerton, Sir Thomas Monnington, Royal Academy of Arts, 1977 Paul Liss, Sir Thomas Monnington, British School at Rome/Fine Art Society plc, 1997

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Sir Thomas Monnington

ARTIST

Monnington, Sir Thomas

1902 – 1976

Painter, especially of murals. Born in London, he studied at the Slade School in 1918-23 and was Rome Scholar in 1923-26. He married fellow Rome Scholar Winifred Knights in 1924. Among his public works are a decoration for St Stephen’s Hall, Westminster, 1928, and the new Council House in Bristol, 1956. Monnington taught drawing at the Royal Academy Schools, 1931-39, and in 1949 joined the staff of the Slade, whose strong linear tradition marked his own work. Monnington is represented in a number of public galleries, including the Tate, British Museum and Imperial War Museum. He was elected RA in 1938, became its President in 1966 and was knighted in 1967. There was a memorial exhibition at the RA in 1977. Another traveled from the British School at Rome to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter and the Fine Art Society in 1997. From the 1940s Monnington lived in Groombridge, Kent; the local landscape inspired much of his post-war work. Monnington was one of the outstanding draughtsmen of his generation. He had a considerable influence as a teacher (Euan Uglow was among his pupils), and was one of the most effective of the twentieth-century presidents of the RA, turning around the Academy’s ailing fortunes. Remarkably he was the first president of the Academy to produce abstract paintings and indeed made no distinction between abstract and figurative art: “Surely what matters is not whether a work is abstract or representative, but whether it has merit. If those who visit exhibitions would come without preconceptions, would apply to art the elementary standards they apply in other spheres, they might glimpse new horizons. They might ask themselves: is this work distinguished or is it commonplace? Fresh and original or uninspired, derivative and dull? Is it modest or pretentious?” (Interview in the Christian Science Monitor, 29.5.67).

Selected Literature: Judy Egerton, Sir Thomas Monnington, Royal Academy of Arts, 1977 Paul Liss, Sir Thomas Monnington, British School at Rome/Fine Art Society plc, 1997

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for Bristol Ceiling, circa 1952

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Sheet of studies, early 1920’s

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Overflying aeroplanes, study for Clouds and Spitfires, circa 1943

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Compositional and cloud study for Southern England, 1944. Spitfires Attacking Flying-Bombs

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study with colour notes for Clouds and Spitfires, circa 1943

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for Clouds and Spitfires,(7.11.44)

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Bomb damage to a stone masonary column, Antwerp, circa 1944

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study of Olive leaves, for Allegory , 1924

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study of Olive leaves, for Allegory , 1924

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Exploding bombs and rockets, study for Clouds and Spitfires, circa 1944

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

View from the cockpit, circa 1944

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for Fighter Affiliation: Halifax and Hurricane Aircraft Co-Operating in Action, c. 1943

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Baptism, circa 1924

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for Winter, circa 1922

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ARCHIVED WORKS

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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Landscape Study
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for Design for Bristol Council House ceiling, circa 1953
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Interception practice over North Sea, study for Fighter Affiliation : Halifax and Hurrican
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Bomb Store under Camouflage Netting, circa 1940
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for The Act of Union, St. Stephen’s Hall, Palace of Westminster, circa 1926
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study 3 for square root, c. 1969
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study 1 for square root, c. 1969
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study 2 for square root, c. 1969
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study 2 for Reciprocity, c. 1970
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study 3 for Reciprocity, c. 1970
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study 4 for square root, c. 1969
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study of Flight trajectories and clouds, c. 1943
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Geometric design, lozenge format, late 1960’s
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for Mobile Radar Unit, (IWM) , 1944
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Geometric design, late 1960’s
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for Fortresses
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Fragmented shapes, circa 1970
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Design on a prism in black, grey, blue and red
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Two intersecting squares
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for Radar Unit, 1944
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Design on a prism in orange, yellow, grey and green, circa 1970
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Design for an aircraft
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for the olive tree in Allegory, c. 1924
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study 2 for Clematis, circa 1959
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study 1 for Reciprocity, c. 1970
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Design inspired by Clematis Montana, circa 1960
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel, 1956
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for Students Union Mural,circa 1969
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for the First Students Union Mural, circa 1964
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for A Commissioner, St. Stephen’s Hall, Palace of Wesminster, circa 1926
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for A Commissioner, standing full length, St. Stephen’s Hall, Palace of Westminster, circa 1926
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Design for the ceiling of the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel of Holy Trinity, University of Exeter, 1956
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Untitled, late 1960’s
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Untitled, late 1960’s
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Untitled, circa 1953
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Untitled, late 1960’s
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Italian landscape, probably Piediluco, circa 1925
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for Bristol Ceiling design, circa 1953
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Geometric Design, circa 1965
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for the Ceiling of the New Bristol Council House
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for the First Students Union Mural, circa 1964
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for Clematis, circa 1960
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Geometric Study, circa 1965
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for roundel, Bristol ceiling, circa 1953
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Geometric Study, mid 1960’s
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Geometric Study, circa 1966
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Geometric Study, circa 1966
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Geometric Study, circa 1966
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Mantlepiece, circa 1950
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Geometric Study, circa 1966
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for the Postman, circa 1948
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Geometric design, circa 1960
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Lysander, circa 1942
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Hand and forearm: two studies, for Allegory, circa 1925
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Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Design for the main staircase of the British Museum 1966