University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Dylan Thomas Art Collection

An Inventory of His Art Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953
Title: Dylan Thomas Art Collection
Dates: 1937-1956 (bulk circa 1942)
Abstract: he collection consists of twenty-six 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
Extent: 33 items
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

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


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of twenty-six caricatures and quick, sometimes narrative, sketches by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The drawings were formerly in the possession of Peter Price, who knew Dylan 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 circa 1942. One sketch of Stephen Spender is by John Banting. Also included are portraits of Thomas by Robert Colquhuon, Gordon Stuart, and Robert Ziegler. There are two works by unidentified artists: a watercolor of Constantine Fitzgibbon's house, and an illustrated print of one of Thomas' poems.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research. Please note that a minimum of 24 hours notice is required to pull art 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 materials, please contact the Center's staff at art@hrc.utexas.edu. 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.


Related Material

The Ransom Center holds additional works by, about, and of Dylan Thomas is the following collections: Dylan Thomas Collection (MS-4203), Dylan Thomas Literary File Photography Collection (PH-02774), Rosa Freedman Art Collection (AR-00094), T.E. Hanley Art Collection (AR-00114), Mervyn Levy Art Collection (AR-00160), and Oloff de Wet Art Collection (AR-00058).


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 1968


Item List

Location
MISSING Colquhoun, Robert (Scottish, 1914-1962). Dylan and Caitlin Thomas, 1956.
Pencil on paper, 68.6 x 55.9 cm.
Location
Flat File Stuart, Gordon (British, 1924-2015). Dylan Thomas, undated.
Oil on canvas attached to card board,
Unidentified artist. Constantine Fitzgibbon's House, undated.
Watercolor on paper, 21.3 x 27.6 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Indigent Chef, circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). A Man After Money, circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Man Enjoying Chu Chin Chow, circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Edith Sitwell, circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). A Priestly Creature (J.B. Priestley smoking a pipe), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Suspicious Man Having a Drink, circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (bird-like caricature of man's eyes, nose, and hair), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (man in hat), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (man with bow tie or cravat), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (man's head), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (three persons in hats, one holding cup), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (person wearing round hat with bow tie or cigarette), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (man wearing fedora and bow tie), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (abstract person), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (abstract man wearing a bow tie), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). A Prig, circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). I've debated [or debutanted] him, circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Three caricature sketches: A Man After Money; Indigent Chef; Man Enjoying Chu Chin Chow, circa 1942.
Serigraph, 15.9 x 50.8 cm.
Banting, John (British, 1902-1972). Every night I think about my dead friends (Stephen Spender), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Dear Sir [illegible] (self portrait), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Ivan at 6pm any evening, circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 12.7 x 16.8 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (Thomas and Ivan drinking at 12pm at The Gargoyle Club), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 12.7 x 16.5 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (fire at 1 Golden Square at 3am), Undated.
Pencil on paper, 12.7 x 20 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (1 Golden Square's smoldering remains at 8am), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 12.7 x 20 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (abstract figure), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 20.3 x 12.7 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (man with cigar and glasses), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (man handing out money at Betram Rota's offices), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 12.7 x 17.8 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (three men underneath clock), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 12.7 x 17.8 cm.
Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Untitled (three men and a woman entering a bar), circa 1942.
Pencil on paper, 20.3 cm x 25.4 cm.
Location
MISSING Ziegler, Richard (German 1891-1992). Dylan Thomas, circa 1937-1945.
Etching, 26.4 x 21 cm.
Ziegler, Richard (German 1891-1992). Dylan Thomas, circa 1937-1945.
Etching, 26.4 x 21 cm.
Location
Flat File Thomas, Dylan (Welsh, 1914-1953). Queen Edith Sitwell and Princess Marianne Moore on their first meeting, 1952.
Photolithograph, 12.4 x 19.1 cm.
Unidentified. The Hand That Signed the Paper Felled a City, undated.
Print, 50.5 x 42.9 cm.