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COMING HOME: Dylan Thomas

Past national programme archive
4 May - 1 September 2019

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

Dylan Thomas
by Augustus John
circa 1937-1938
NPG 7049

Dylan Thomas (1914 – 1953) is perhaps Wales’ best-known poet and writer, with ‘Under Milk Wood’, ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’, ‘Fern Hill’ and ‘A child's Christmas in Wales’ being among his most celebrated works. Born in Swansea, he thrived in its artistic communities during the 1930s, before moving to London, where he met the artist Augustus John.

Augustus John (1878 – 1961) is widely regarded as one of the most important British artists of the early twentieth century. He painted many of his contemporaries including Jacob Epstein and George Bernard Shaw. John’s remarkably early portrait of Dylan Thomas, is displayed alongside a portrait of his wife, Caitlin, from the Glynn Vivian’s permanent collection. Both of these works have a special resonance in Swansea and, as far as is known, it is the first time they have been hung together.

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