Museum boosted by Thomsom artworks

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COLERAINE Borough Council has welcomes three fabulous illustrations to Coleraine Museum.

Richard Clarke, a relative of artist Hugh Thomson, gifted three beautiful original illustrations by the artist to the Deputy Mayor of Coleraine, Councillor Mark Fielding, on behalf of his sons and grandson – Sven Alexander Clarke, Sean Torston Clare and Kai Richard Yamaura.

These artworks were brought back from Canada to Coleraine with Richard and are a wonderful addition to the museum’s Hugh Thomson Collection.

Thomson, born in Coleraine in 1860, achieved worldwide fame for his drawings. He illustrated books by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, J. M. Barrie, Austin Dobson, and many others. As well as this, his striking illustrations, for years, decorated tins of Quality Street chocolates. His collection is on display in the Hugh Thomson Study Room which is located inside Coleraine Town Hall.

Deputy Mayor Fielding, said, “I want to thank Richard and his family for their very generous donation to Coleraine Museum. Coleraine Borough Council is very grateful that the family decided that the right place for these pieces was back here in Coleraine in our public collection.

“Hugh Thomson was an extremely talented artist, whom the Borough is extremely proud of, and it is fantastic to see the Thomson Collection continue to grow and develop. These new arrivals will be available to view in the Hugh Thomson Study Room during April 2014.”

Richard Clarke visits the area frequently and has in the past joined other members of the Thomson family for the public exhibitions of Hugh Thomson here in Coleraine Town Hall. Richard’s grandfather was Richard Thomson, brother of Hugh, and also known as a fine artist and whose works are included in Coleraine Museum Collection.

The Hugh Thomson Study Room is open during Coleraine Town Hall’s opening hours or by appointment.