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Edward Thomas (1878-1917), Poet and critic

Sitter in 6 portraits
The oldest of the war poets to enlist, in the Artists' Rifles, Thomas was already an established author, critic and journalist, and much of his work was inspired by rural England, as in The South Country (1909); encouraged to write poetry by his friend Robert Frost, his war poems, including In Memoriam, Easter 1915, were published and widely acclaimed after his death, killed by a shell-blast in Arras.

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P476

Edward Thomas

by Frederick Henry Evans
bromide print, circa 1904
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P476

4459

Edward Thomas

by John Laviers Wheatley
silverpoint, 1916
NPG 4459

x132915

Edward Thomas

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
modern print on sepia-toned Veribrom paper, 1911
NPG x132915

D6937

Edward Thomas

by John Laviers Wheatley
etching, 1916
NPG D6937

D7663

Edward Thomas

by Robin Craig Guthrie
linocut, after 1917
NPG D7663

2892

Edward Thomas

by Ernest Henry Thomas
pencil, 1905
NPG 2892