His name was Anthony Reginald Tomson, known as “Reg” in the paint room at Royal Worcester, where he began working in the early 1960s. His skillful hand and keen eye provided the incredible detail for many of the horses and bulls designed by Doris Lindner and other sculptors. This Royal Worcester Welsh Mountain Pony stallion is a fine example of Anthony’s painting style, which seems to bring the subject to life and captures the spirit of the animal.
Royal Worcester Welsh Mountain Pony Limited Edition, number 285/500. He was made in 1965. Photo courtesy of Sharron Dunning.
Connoisseur of Malvern
Anthony teamed up with Terry and Diane Lewis and took over Connoisseur of Malvern Studio of England. Along with being one of the three directors of the company, he also was the head painter. Their pieces display the initials of those who had a hand in creating them. Malvern, England was also the location of Boehm, another company creating bone china animal and floral figurines.
Earthworks Horses, early 2000s
An artist of Anthony’s talent has many opportunities for employment. He served as head of painting at Windmill studio in Worcestershire. During this period, he also teamed up with mold maker Mark Farmer and participated in a few different enterprises. These included Earthworks (with Mark’s wife Helen Farmer and sculptor David Mayer) and Alchemy (producing horses for UK artist Donna Chaney of Animal Artistry and others) . Most of the horses painted by Anthony during this period display the little “pine tree” symbol, which consists of his initials with the letter T inside of the letter A.
Alchemy Horses, late 1990s, early 2000s
Many of the horses produced by Alchemy were miniature-sized (around 3″ tall). This massive Clydesdale stallion stands 10″ tall and is part of a limited run of 50 by Donna Chaney. It was available in roan or bay as a standard color, but this handsome gray with a textured-fur appearance is a custom color.
Mark Farmer, Alchemy ceramics, also produced horses for Horsing Around, owned by MAC (Mark) and Vanessa Crawley. In Vanessa’s own words, “Anthony was always so well dressed and a complete gentleman. I loved just sitting with him, watching him paint and talking. He also worked many years for Royal Worcester as one of their top painters. I can’t remember exact date of when he died but it was I think around 2005.”
Horsing Around renamed the china production side of their company to “The Horse Gallery” and began working with another producer, eventually parting with Mark Farmer. Anthony continued as a decorator with them until his death.