Valerie Thornton (1931–1991) was a British etcher and printmaker.
She was born in London, but evacuated to Canada with her two brothers during World War II. She returned to London in 1944 and went on to study at the Byam Shaw School of Art in 1949. From 1950 to 1953 Thornton studied under P.F. Millard at the Regent Street Polytechnic, then spent eight months at Atelier 17 in Paris. In the early 1960s she moved to New York and worked at Pratt Graphics Art Center. In 1955, she succeeded Howard Hodgkin as assistant art teacher at Charterhouse School and in 1965 she became a founding member of the Print Makers Council. In 1970 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painters-Etchers and Engravers.
Thornton's work is included in a number of major public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, the Tate and others. Thornton died in Chelsworth, Suffolk.
etching and aquatint
signed, in pencil
initialed AP (artist proof)
stamped - 'curwen studio proof' to verso
775 x 575mm