Thompson, Walter Whitcomb, The Jungle, St. Petersburg, December 1925. Oil on board, 6 1/4 by 9 inches. Signed lower left.

Walter Thompson grew up in Jacksonville; some of his first artwork done at Duval High School. Thompson left Jacksonville at the age of seventeen for the University of Florida. After graduation he began a career in art. Thompson was co-founder and director of the Beaufort, South Carolina Art Colony, director of the Beaufort Art School, and taught art in the Beaufort public school system. In 1930 he returned to Jacksonville for an exhibition of his work at the Jacksonville Art Center. Born: 1882. Died: 1948. Education: University of Florida; New School of Design, Boston, Massachusetts. Membership: Florida Federation of Art; Fine Arts Society of Jacksonville; American Artist Professional League; Carolina Art Association; Georgia Art Association; North Shore Art Association; Savannah, Georgia, Arts Club; Sumter, South Carolina Art Association. Exhibits: Florida Federation of Art Annual, 1930; Florida Federation of Art, Annual Circuit, Tampa Art Institute, Municipal Auditorium, Tampa, January 1931, The Harbor; St. Augustine Arts Club, Davenport Park, one man show, January 1935; Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina; Gibbes Art Gallery; Mint Museum; North Shore Art Association; Telfair Academy of Art; Savannah Arts Club; In New York City, Ainslie, Milch and Macbeth Galleries.

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