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Football Art – John Thirtle

John Thirtle Watercolour

The Football Match

Continuing my look at football art I thought I’d feature the work of John Thirtle today.

JOHN L. THIRTLE FRSA (1899-1982) was an English artist and illustrator. He hailed from Middlesex. He first exhibited in 1933 and was commended by the Queen (later the Queen Mother) and Princess Marina Duchess of Kent. He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society Of Arts in 1948. Thirtle also illustrated books for Faber And Faber LTD.

As well as the above Thirtle was well known for his “real life” and “landscape” paintings but like numerous artists he couldn’t help dabbling in football! I am told that he was a Queens Park Rangers fan and although you may not be able to tell that from today’s featured watercolour you will instantly recognise his allegiance when I reveal the other 6 from his football collection.

Its hard to put a date on Thirtle’s footballing work but my best guess is around 1940.

His work is superb and the full size images of his football creations are simply stunning. The watercolour above was untitled. I have simply called it “The Football Match”.

Sporting Art – Arthur Thiele

Arthur Thiele, Leipzig, Germany, 1860 to 1936

A Dangerous Cross

Arthur Thiele was born in Leipzig, Germany on 2 November 1860 and from a very early age had a talent for painting. In time he became famous for painting cartoon images of cats, believe it or not, but his most stunning work he saved for the late 1920’s when he painted a series of six superb football scenes.

the image above is entitled “”eine gefährliche flanke” or “a dangerous cross” in English. Thiele died in June 1936, leaving his work a s alasting tribute to his talent.

I will feature the rest of Thiele’s football work over the coming days and weeks.