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Dylan Thomas:

An Inventory of His Art Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953
Title: Dylan Thomas Art Collection
Dates: 1937-1956, undated (bulk circa 1942)
Extent: 38 items
Abstract: The collection consists of twenty-seven caricatures and sketches by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Also included are portraits of Thomas, a watercolor, and an illustrated print, all by other artists.
Call Number: Art Collection AR-00273
Language: English
Access: Open for research. Please note that a minimum of 24 hours notice is required to pull Art Collection materials to the Ransom Center's Reading and Viewing Room. Some materials may be restricted from viewing. To make an appointment or to reserve Art Collection materials, please contact the Center's staff at Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials.
Use Policies: Ransom Center collections may contain material with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in the collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Ransom Center and The University of Texas at Austin assume no responsibility. Authorization for publication is given on behalf of the University of Texas as the owner of the collection and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder which must be obtained by the researcher. For more information please see the Ransom Centers' Open Access and Use Policies.

Acquisition: Purchase, 1968

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

For a biographical sketch of the Welsh writer and poet, see the finding aid for the Dylan Thomas Collection (MS-4203).

The collection consists of twenty-seven caricatures that include quick, sometimes narrative, sketches by Dylan Thomas. The drawings were formerly in the possession of Peter Price, who knew Thomas in London during World War II when they were working in films with Ivan Moffat and John Banting. The four men began sketching while drinking in a pub together around 1942. One sketch of Stephen Spender is by John Banting. Also included are portraits of Thomas by Alfred Janes, Mervyn Levy, and Gordon Stuart. A print by Peter Grippe illustrates one of Thomas's poems, which Thomas wrote in his own hand into the copper plate; an artist's proof of this etching can be found in 21 Etchings and Poems (AR-05368). There is one work by an unidentified artist.
The collection is organized into two series: Series: I. Original Works by Dylan Thomas, and II. Works by Other Artists.

The Ransom Center holds additional works by, about, and of Dylan Thomas in the following collections: Dylan Thomas Collection (MS-4203), Dylan Thomas Literary File Photography Collection (PH-02774), George Barker Art Collection (AR-00014), Zdzislaw Czermanski Art Collection (AR-00057), Peter Evershed Art Collection (AR-00083), Rosa Freedman Art Collection (AR-00094), T.E. Hanley Art Collection (AR-00114), Stephen Longstreet Art Collection (AR-00165), Ivan Opffer Art Collection (AR-00197), John Bromfield Gay Rees Art Collection (AR-00219), and Oloff de Wet Art Collection (AR-00058). An artist's proof of 87.80 can be found in 21 Etchings and Poems (AR-05368).


Banting, John, 1902-1972.
FitzGibbon, Constantine, 1919-1983.
Grippe, Peter, 1912-2002.
Janes, Alfred.
Levy, Mervyn.
Moffat, Ivan.
Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972.
Priestley, J. B. (John Boynton), 1894-1984.
Rota, Bertram, 1903-1966.
Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964.
Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995.
Stuart, Gordon, 1924-2015.
Thomas, Caitlin.
Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.




City of London (England).
New York (N.Y.).

Document Types

Pencil works--1940-1960.