© estate of Augustus John / Bridgeman Art Library www.bridgemanart.com; private collection; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London
by Augustus Edwin John
oil on canvas, circa 1937-1938
18 in. x 13 1/4 in. (457 mm x 337 mm)
Lent by executors of Mrs Niel Gordon Clark, 1996
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- Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961), Painter. Artist associated with 33 portraits, Sitter in 103 portraits.
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This engaging portrait links one of the most important twentieth-century British portrait painters with one of the most significant and notorious literary figures of the period. This portrait is one of two painted by Augustus John and is the product of a close acquaintance. The artist and sitter met in the mid-1930s at the Fitzroy Tavern in London's Charlotte Street, and furthered their friendship during many evenings there and in the nearby Marquis of Granby. John introduced Thomas to his future wife, Caitlin Macnamara. After their marriage in 1937, the Thomases met John fairly frequently whilst visiting Caitlin's mother who lived near John in Hampshire. It was in these circumstances that Dylan Thomas sat to Augustus John.