oil on board
Image size 22 x 14.5 cm
Frame size 30 x 22.5 cm
Edinburgh, The Scottish Gallery, "Paintings 1947-1982", 11 September-6 October 1982, Cat. No. 51
Margaret studied at Sidcup School of Art 1934-1936, winning a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art 1936-1938, followed by Royal Academy Schools 1938-1939. Her works were being noticed as early as 1938: commenting on an exhibition of The Women Artists, The Observer noted that "most of the outstanding pieces are contributed by the non-members such as Margaret Thomas..."
Examples of Margaret’s paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1943 and the next 46 consecutive years! Working solely in oils, and always indoors, she focused on painting commonplace subjects such as flowers with a beautiful appreciation of tone.
Thomas showed in countless group exhibitions including: The New English Art Club; Royal Society of British Artists; Royal West of England Academy; Royal Scottish Academy; Women's International Art Club and Scottish Society of Women Artists. Thomas was a stalwart of the Womens' International Art Club.
Thomas worked in London for many years and maintained a second studio in Edinburgh from 1956. She died just before her 100th birthday in 2016.