E J Thring Art Deco Design for Alec French
Edmund J Thring ARCA (Fl 1919-1960s)
Signed ‘E J Thring ARCA’ and inscribed on mount ‘Alec French Chartered Architect’.
Watercolour and pencil
61 x 66 cm
Design for St Nicholas House, High Street, Bristol. this 1930s art-deco building was remodelled in 1959 by Alec French and partners, including an extra storey, then home to the Commercial Union Group. More recently it has been remodelled again by dMFK and is now serviced offices.
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Thring showed early talent winning second prize in the junior section of a drawing competition in Flight magazine in 1919. He trained at the Royal College of Art, overlapping with John Piper, and became a talented architectural perspectivist, as can be seen in the present picture. He spent the war in the RAF as principal instructor in model making, making models for briefing troops before assaults, based at the joint British-American V-Section model shop located at the RAF’s Central Interpretation Unit at Medmenham, Buckinghamshire.