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Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

JANES, Alfred (1911 - 1999)

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

Date: 1934

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 40.6 x 30.5 cm

Acquired: 1935; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 2641

Alfred Janes's parents kept a fruit and flower shop in Swansea, and he trained at the School of Art there and at the Royal Academy Schools. He was a friend of Dylan Thomas, and one of the circle that frequented Swansea's Kardomah Café. This painting was painted in Coleherne Road in 1934 and was bought by the museum the following year. At this period Janes used the technique of making a linear incision in the surface with a pen-knife to give the painting a greater formality, and to bring the face into a sharper focus.


Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
5 March 2018, 11:24

Hi there Christy,

Congratulations on your book. Please contact our Image Licensing Officer to discuss. Since the copyright to this image isn't ours, it might be that she can point you in the direction of the copyright owner.

Thank you for your enquiry,

Digital Team

Christy Gillespie
4 March 2018, 18:47
After 12 years of long research I am just putting the finishing touches to a very large illustrated book titled "The Road to Glenlough" detailing the history of this isolated yet monumental valley in south - west Donegal. The Welsh poet spent a summer in that splendid isolation in the summer of 1935 and three chapters in the book detail his association with Glenlough.
Just before he left for Ireland, artist and flatmate Freed Janes did a celebrated portrait of the poet which is now in your collection. For obvious reasons I would love to have a copy of the painting for my book and permission to use it. I would of course pay a fee if it was reasonable but given that the book will have a print run of less than 1000 and have many hundreds of images, I hope we can work something out as it is an image that I would love to use.

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