Edmund Charles Thompson
Born 9 May 1898
Died 20 August 1961
Active: 1914 - 1961
Country of birth: Northern Ireland
Country of death: England
Architectural sculptor, sculptor, architectural model maker
Born in Belfast. He was the son of Edmund T. Thompson (born c.1871 in Antrim), a stone carver based in Antrim. Edmund Charles worked as a clerk in a foundry when he was about 13, this may have been the iron dressing firm owned by his maternal grandfather. In the early 1920s he moved to Liverpool and between 1924-30 attended evening classes at Liverpool School of Art. As he carved sculpture for the India Buildings, Water Street, Liverpool in 1923 (including a 'Neptune Crest') it is likely he had learned the technique in his father's workshop and studied full or part-time at the art school in Belfast prior to this move.
From the late 1920s, Thompson built up a successful practice in partnership with George Capstick in Cypress Street, Liverpool. The major schemes he (or they) worked on include: sculpture and interior decorative details, Martin's Bank, Water Street (1927-32) working for Herbert Tyson Smith; sculpture for the Mersey Tunnel and George's Dock Ventilation and Control Station, Liverpool (1932-34); incised figures, musical motifs and gilded panels for the interior of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street (1936-39); exterior sculpture and interior features for the Regal Cinema, Rock Ferry, (1936) and the Halkin Street Cinema, Flint.
From the late 1930s he obtained commissions outside Liverpool, among them the gilded lions and figures for the British Government Pavilion, Empire Exhibition, Glasgow 1938 and
twelve carved panels for First Class Smoking Room, RMS Caronia, Cunard, (c.1945-46). After the war Thompson was appointed Architectural Model Maker to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, a post he held between c.1946-61. Amongst the project he worked on was producing the models for the Arcon Prefabs. In 1959 Thompson was awarded an MBE for his services to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. He died at the General Hospital Croydon.
This record includes information supplied by the artist's daughter, Lynette A Kaylor.
Wealth at death: £3,685 15s. 9d.
Probate date: 20 November 1961
Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768-
Exhibited once, one work (Pip, head, cat. no. 1425)
Census of Ireland 1901/1911
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Antrim/Court_Ward/Dagmar_Street/934414/ AND http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Antrim/Clifton/Summerhill_Street/147171/ (accessed 16 July 2012)
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
Name: Edmund Charles Thompson Probate Date: 20 Nov 1961 Death Date: 20 Aug 1961 Death Place: Surrey, England Registry: London, England
Public Sculpture of Liverpool Public Sculpture of Britain
The Year's Art 1932: A Concise Epitome of all Matters Relating to the Arts of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, and to the Schools of Design which have occurred during the year 1931, together with information respecting the events of the year 1932
Citing this record
'Edmund Charles Thompson', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=ann_1344688295, accessed 30 Sep 2016]