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Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), Poet

Sitter in 22 portraits
Born in Swansea, Thomas began writing as a reporter for the South Wales Evening Post. Eighteen Poems published in 1934 established him in literary circles. Further poems and short stories were published as Twenty-Five Poems (1936), The Map of Love (1939), Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog (1940) and Deaths and Entrances (1946), including his best-known poem Fern Hill. During the Second World War, Thomas was a regular broadcaster on BBC radio and he toured America in 1950, 1952 and 1953. Thomas completed the 1954 radio play Under Milk Wood in May 1953, shortly before his untimely death from alcohol abuse. It was first broadcast by the BBC in January 1954.

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L213

Dylan Thomas

by Augustus Edwin John
oil on canvas, circa 1937-1938
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L213

4334

Dylan Thomas

by Mervyn Levy
pencil, 1938
NPG 4334

4284

Dylan Thomas

by Rupert Shephard
oil on canvas, 1940
NPG 4284

4285

Dylan Thomas

by Rupert Shephard
oil on board, 1940
NPG 4285

4089

Dylan Thomas

by Michael Ayrton
charcoal, 1947
NPG 4089

4335

Dylan Thomas

by Mervyn Levy
pencil, 1950
NPG 4335

P1683

Dylan Thomas

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1952-1953
NPG P1683

P1684

Dylan Thomas

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1952-1953
NPG P1684

P1685

Dylan Thomas

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1952-1953
NPG P1685

4274

Dylan Thomas

by Gordon Stuart
oil on canvas, 1953
NPG 4274

x47303

Dylan Thomas

by John Gay
bromide fibre print, published July 1948
NPG x47303

x28634

Dylan Thomas

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1953
NPG x28634

x22483

Dylan Thomas

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x22483

x9232

Dylan Thomas

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x9232

x22484

Dylan Thomas; Caitlin Macnamara Thomas

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1944
NPG x22484

x137173

Dylan Thomas

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 22 June 1952
NPG x137173

x137176

Dylan Thomas; Caitlin Macnamara Thomas

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1952
NPG x137176

x137177

Dylan Thomas

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1952
NPG x137177

x137179

Dylan Thomas

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 21 June 1952
NPG x137179

x137169

Dylan Thomas; Ebie Williams; Ivy Williams and her brother Billy

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, September 1953
NPG x137169