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Thomas Stephen was born in Glasgow on 30th of July 1898, the youngest of 4 surviving sons of Margaret and Thomas Stephen senior, who worked as iron turner on locomotives. Thomas Stephen attended The Glasgow School of Art initially from 1916 to 1918 taking evening classes in drawing and painting and life drawing while working as an apprentice draughtsman, before his studies were interrupted by WW1. After the war, he continued at The Glasgow School of Art from 1919 until 1923 taking further classes in drawing and painting and etching. Stephen served briefly in WW1 joining the RAF on 24th September 1918 as a 3rd air mechanic. He was transferred to the RAF reserves on the 26th of February 1919. His work was exhibited once at the Royal Scottish Academy and on 4 occasions at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, including in 1920, 'Floating Dock – Wartime', in 1921, 'Four Score and Fire' and in 1922, 'Jamaica Bridge' and also 'Repair Work on the Clyde'. Stephen was married to Edna Loucks from Connecticut and in the early 1940s was living in New York. Thomas Stephen is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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Sources: the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture by Peter J M McEwan; Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk; Ancestry: ancestry.co.uk; Find My Past: findmypast.co.uk