WALTER WHITCOMB THOMPSON (American, 1882 – 1948)

Walter Whitcomb Thompson was born in Palatka, Florida in 1882. A painter, lecturer and teacher, he studied at the University of Florida and the New School of Design in Boston. He was a member of various art associations along the eastern seaboard including the North Shore Art Association and the American Artists Professional League and was president of the Beaufort Fine Art Association. Thompson was a prominent participant in the preservation and continuance of art in and around Beaufort, South Carolina. He co-founded and directed the Beaufort Art Colony and taught at local public schools. He died in 1948.



University of Florida

New School of Design,

With William T. Robinson, C. W. Reed, Vesper Lincoln George and John Enneking



Telfair Academy of Art, 1935-1937, 1939

Boston Savannah Art Club

Coker College, Hartsville, SC, 1935, 1939-1941

Gibbes Art Gallery, 1937, 1939

Mint Museum of Art, 1942, 1944-1946

Macbeth Gallery

Ainslie Gallery

Milch Gallery

North Shore Art Association, 1943-1946



North Shore Art Association

American Artists Professional League

Sumter Art Association, SC

Savannah Art Club

Beaufort Fine Arts Association (President)

Carolina Art Association

Darien Guild of Seven Arts

American Federation of Arts

Georgia Art Association

Jacksonville Fine Art Society

Savannah Art Club



Lander College, Greenwood, SC

Columbia Museum of Art, SC



Co-founder / Director, Beaufort, SC Art Colony

Director, Beaufort, SC Art School

Teacher, Beaufort Public Schools



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Opitz (ed.), Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters,

Sculptors & Engravers