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Announcement    Robert M. Thompson Biography

Robert M. Thompson was a prolific illustrator in the Los Angeles advertising business from the mid 1950s through his retirement in the 1990s. When Don Draper of the “Mad Men” television show stepped off an airplane in Los Angeles, Robert Thompson was already there, working with the top advertising agencies and entertainment companies.

Robert managed his own graphic design business. One of his clients was in New York, a syndication group that distributed illustrations for local newspaper TV pages and program guides. His illustrations heralded new and continuing shows from Andy Griffith, Rod Serling and Alfred Hitchcock, and celebrated the variety hours of Ed Sullivan, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball.

Vintage TV Art takes great pride in presenting his body of work produced for the television industry.

The Artwork
This collection represents a chronicle of popular television programming from the 1950’s through the 1980’s. The original artwork no longer exists, presumed to have been destroyed after its original use, as was the practice at that time. There are also no known collections of the printed reproductions of the artwork, which was produced locally by newspapers across the United States. These illustrations are unique, and not known to be in existence in any other form of media at this time. The likenesses and settings are not reproduced from any one photograph but were creative montages from the imagination of Robert M. Thompson.

Provenance
Robert Thompson’s original pen and ink illustrations were sent to the client in New York. Multi-color press proofs, printed on newsprint, were then created and sent to him in California for his approval. These press proofs were preserved in covered boxes away from heat and light for 30 to 50 years, and were discovered by his family upon his death in 1997. These items were then preserved by his estate and stored away from air, light and heat. They were scanned and are presented to the public for the first time as printed limited numbered editions.

It is recommended that this art be framed in archival materials and kept away from extreme heat, bright lighting and air, which will affect the color of the image over time.

His family, The Robert M. Thompson Estate, established Vintage TV Art to celebrate and distribute this artwork.

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Last updated on Sep 29, 2017

Robert M. Thompson Biography

Robert M. Thompson was a prolific illustrator in the Los Angeles advertising business from the mid 1950s through his retirement in the 1990s. When Don Draper of the “Mad Men” television show stepped off an airplane in Los Angeles, Robert Thompson was already there, working with the top advertising agencies and entertainment companies.

Robert managed his own graphic design business. One of his clients was in New York, a syndication group that distributed illustrations for local newspaper TV pages and program guides. His illustrations heralded new and continuing shows from Andy Griffith, Rod Serling and Alfred Hitchcock, and celebrated the variety hours of Ed Sullivan, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball.

Vintage TV Art takes great pride in presenting his body of work produced for the television industry.

The Artwork
This collection represents a chronicle of popular television programming from the 1950’s through the 1980’s. The original artwork no longer exists, presumed to have been destroyed after its original use, as was the practice at that time. There are also no known collections of the printed reproductions of the artwork, which was produced locally by newspapers across the United States. These illustrations are unique, and not known to be in existence in any other form of media at this time. The likenesses and settings are not reproduced from any one photograph but were creative montages from the imagination of Robert M. Thompson.

Provenance
Robert Thompson’s original pen and ink illustrations were sent to the client in New York. Multi-color press proofs, printed on newsprint, were then created and sent to him in California for his approval. These press proofs were preserved in covered boxes away from heat and light for 30 to 50 years, and were discovered by his family upon his death in 1997. These items were then preserved by his estate and stored away from air, light and heat. They were scanned and are presented to the public for the first time as printed limited numbered editions.

It is recommended that this art be framed in archival materials and kept away from extreme heat, bright lighting and air, which will affect the color of the image over time.

His family, The Robert M. Thompson Estate, established Vintage TV Art to celebrate and distribute this artwork.

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