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Sir Thomas Monnington (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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Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Sheet of studies
Sir Thomas Monnington
Sheet of studies  For sale
£375
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Design for Students’ Union, University of London, circa 1969
Sir Thomas Monnington
Design for Students’ Union  For sale
£2450
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for the ceiling of the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel of Holy Trinity, University of Exeter, 1956
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for the ceiling of the Mary...  For sale
£375
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Geometric Painting (commissioned by the Edwin Austin Abbey Trust for Mural Painting), 1969
Sir Thomas Monnington
Geometric Painting (commissioned by...  For sale
£1950
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for Design for Bristol Council House ceiling, circa 1953
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for Design for Bristol Council...  For sale
£450
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study with colour notes for Clouds and Spitfires, circa 1943
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study with colour notes for Clouds...  For sale
£400
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Bomb Store under Camouflage Netting, circa 1940
Sir Thomas Monnington
Bomb Store under Camouflage Netting  For sale
£245
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for The Act of Union, St. Stephens Hall, Palace of Westminster, circa 1926
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for The Act of Union  For sale
£2750
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study of Olive leaves, for Allegory , 1924
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study of Olive leaves  For sale
£950
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study of Olive leaves, for Allegory , 1924
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study of Olive leaves  For sale
£950
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study 3 for square root, c. 1969
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study 3 for square root, c. 1969  For sale
£1300
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Geometric design, lozenge format, late 1960s
Sir Thomas Monnington
Geometric design  For sale
£550
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for Mobile Radar Unit, (IWM) , 1944
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for Mobile Radar Unit  For sale
£540
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for Fighter Affiliation: Halifax and Hurricane Aircraft Co-Operating in Action, c. 1943
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for Fighter Affiliation:...  For sale
£350
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for Radar Unit, 1944
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for Radar Unit, 1944  For sale
£440
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for the olive tree in Allegory, c. 1924
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for the olive tree in Allegory  For sale
£1650
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for Allegory
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for Allegory  For sale
£5000
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study 1 for Reciprocity, c. 1970
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study 1 for Reciprocity, c. 1970  For sale
£2090
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for A Commissioner, St. Stephens Hall, Palace of Wesminster, circa 1926
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for A Commissioner  For sale
£460
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Design for the ceiling of the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel, (pale ground) University of Exeter, (1956
Sir Thomas Monnington
Design for the ceiling of the Mary...  For sale
£10560
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for St. Lukes Printing Works, c. 1935
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for St. Luke's Printing Works  For sale
£1320
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Overflying aeroplanes, study for Clouds and Spitfires, circa 1943
Sir Thomas Monnington
Overflying aeroplanes  For sale 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: View from the cockpit
Sir Thomas Monnington
View from the cockpit  For sale 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Exploding bombs and rockets, study for Clouds and Spitfires
Sir Thomas Monnington
Exploding bombs and rockets  For sale 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Design for the ceiling of the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel of Holy Trinity, University of Exeter, 1956
Sir Thomas Monnington
Design for the ceiling of the Mary...  For sale 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Baptism, circa 1924
Sir Thomas Monnington
Baptism, circa 1924  For sale 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Design for Students’ Union, University of London, circa 1969
Sir Thomas Monnington
Design for Students’ Union  For sale 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study of a laurel bush, 1919
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study of a laurel bush, 1919  Privately held 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study of White Narcissus for the foreground of Allegory, circa 1923
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study of White Narcissus for the...  Privately held 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Nocera Umbra, 1925
Sir Thomas Monnington
Nocera Umbra, 1925  Privately held 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Winter
Sir Thomas Monnington
Winter  Privately held 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Christ meeting the woman of Samaria at the well, circa 1930
Sir Thomas Monnington
Christ meeting the woman of Samaria...  Privately held 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for Winter, circa 1922
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for Winter, circa 1922  Privately held 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for Allegory: head of woman to right, circa 1925
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for Allegory: head of woman to...  Privately held 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for Allegory, circa 1924
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for Allegory, circa 1924  Privately held 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Cartoon for Winter, circa 1921
Sir Thomas Monnington
Cartoon for Winter, circa 1921  Privately held 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: The Annunciation, circa 1924/5
Sir Thomas Monnington
The Annunciation, circa 1924/5  Privately held 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Thomas Monnington - Portrait of Winifred Knights
Sir Thomas Monnington
Thomas Monnington - Portrait of...  For sale 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Norfolk Beach Scene
Sir Thomas Monnington
Norfolk Beach Scene  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Interception practice over North Sea, study for Fighter Affiliation : Halifax and Hurrican
Sir Thomas Monnington
Interception practice over North Sea  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for Fortresses
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for Fortresses  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Geometric design, late 1960s
Sir Thomas Monnington
Geometric design, late 1960's  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Fragmented shapes, circa 1970
Sir Thomas Monnington
Fragmented shapes, circa 1970  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Design on a prism in black, grey, blue and red
Sir Thomas Monnington
Design on a prism in black  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Design on a prism in orange, yellow, grey and green, circa 1970
Sir Thomas Monnington
Design on a prism in orange  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Design for an aircraft
Sir Thomas Monnington
Design for an aircraft  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: The Three Marys
Sir Thomas Monnington
The Three Marys  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for painting based on square roots, late 1960s
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for painting based on square...  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Design inspired by Clematis Montana, circa 1960
Sir Thomas Monnington
Design inspired by Clematis Montana  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel, 1956
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for the Mary Harris Memorial...  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for the First Students Union Mural, circa 1964
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for the First Students Union...  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for the First Students Union Mural, circa 1964
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for the First Students Union...  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for the First Students Union Mural, circa 1964
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for the First Students Union...  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Untitled
Sir Thomas Monnington
Untitled  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for A Commissioner, standing full length, St. Stephens Hall, Palace of Westminster, circa 1926
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for A Commissioner  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Untitled, late 1960s
Sir Thomas Monnington
Untitled, late 1960's  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Untitled, circa 1953
Sir Thomas Monnington
Untitled, circa 1953  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Untitled, late 1960s
Sir Thomas Monnington
Untitled, late 1960's  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Untitled, late 1960s
Sir Thomas Monnington
Untitled, late 1960's  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Italian landscape, probably Piediluco, circa 1925
Sir Thomas Monnington
Italian landscape  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for Bristol Ceiling design, circa 1953
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for Bristol Ceiling design  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Geometric Design, circa 1965
Sir Thomas Monnington
Geometric Design, circa 1965  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for the Ceiling of the New Bristol Council House
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for the Ceiling of the New...  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for the First Students Union Mural, circa 1964
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for the First Students Union...  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Reciprocity, circa 1970
Sir Thomas Monnington
Reciprocity, circa 1970  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Landscape near Leyswood. 1940s
Sir Thomas Monnington
Landscape near Leyswood. 1940's  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for Clematis, circa 1960
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for Clematis, circa 1960  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Geometric Study, circa 1964
Sir Thomas Monnington
Geometric Study, circa 1964  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Geometric Study, mid 1960s
Sir Thomas Monnington
Geometric Study, mid 1960's  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for roundel, Bristol ceiling, circa 1953
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for roundel  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Geometric Study, circa 1965
Sir Thomas Monnington
Geometric Study, circa 1965  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Geometric Study, circa 1966
Sir Thomas Monnington
Geometric Study, circa 1966  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Geometric Study, circa 1966
Sir Thomas Monnington
Geometric Study, circa 1966  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Geometric Study, circa 1966
Sir Thomas Monnington
Geometric Study, circa 1966  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Mantlepiece, circa 1950
Sir Thomas Monnington
Mantlepiece, circa 1950  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for the Postman, circa 1948
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for the Postman, circa 1948  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Geometric Study, circa 1966
Sir Thomas Monnington
Geometric Study, circa 1966  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for The Allegory 1924
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for The Allegory 1924  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Geometric design, circa 1960
Sir Thomas Monnington
Geometric design, circa 1960  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: West Sommerton, Norfolk, 1934
Sir Thomas Monnington
West Sommerton, Norfolk, 1934  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Hand and forearm: two studies, for Allegory, circa 1925
Sir Thomas Monnington
Hand and forearm: two studies  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Lysander, circa 1942
Sir Thomas Monnington
Lysander, circa 1942  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Design for the main staircase of the British Museum 1966
Sir Thomas Monnington
Design for the main staircase of the...  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: A Director announcing the bank rate to the Chief Official of the Bank of England (‘No Change’), circa 1934
Sir Thomas Monnington
A Director announcing the bank rate...  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Study for ‘The Fifth Station, The Cross is laid upon Simon of Cyrene’, circa 1960
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for ‘The Fifth Station  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Landscape around Leyswood, late 1940s
Sir Thomas Monnington
Landscape around Leyswood, late 1940s  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Suffolk Landscape, late 1930s
Sir Thomas Monnington
Suffolk Landscape, late 1930s  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Landscape study with wooden post, circa 1930
Sir Thomas Monnington
Landscape study with wooden post  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Design for the First Students Union Mural, c. 1964
Sir Thomas Monnington
Design for the First Students Union...  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Clematis, circa 1960
Sir Thomas Monnington
Clematis, circa 1960  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Design for Bristol Council House ceiling, circa 1953
Sir Thomas Monnington
Design for Bristol Council House...  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Umbrian landscape, circa 1923
Sir Thomas Monnington
Umbrian landscape, circa 1923  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: View from the ante-room window, Leyswood, circa 1948
Sir Thomas Monnington
View from the ante-room window  Sold 
Artist Sir Thomas Monnington: Portrait of Winifred Knights, circa 1931
Sir Thomas Monnington
Portrait of Winifred Knights  Sold