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Exhibition: Thomas Henry Thomas (1839-1915) in Focus

National Museum Cardiff
29 September 2015 – 22 May 2016
Cost Free
Suitability All
Thomas Henry Thomas

Christopher Williams, Thomas Henry Thomas, 1902 

The Great Canyon of the Yellowstone from the lower

Thomas Henry Thomas, The Great Canyon of the Yellowstone from the lower , 1886

© Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales

2015 marks the centenary of the death of the artist and polymath Thomas Henry Thomas. Born in Pontypool in 1839, Thomas was a passionate amateur practitioner who pursued a career as an artist and illustrator alongside wide-ranging interests in botany, geology, history, archaeology and what we would today call ethnography. As a keen promoter of Welsh culture and cultural identity, Thomas was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. He developed the modern Welsh flag, pushed for Wales’ inclusion in the Union Jack and in 1895 became the first Herald Bard of the Gorsedd. On his death, he left a large collection of artworks, specimens and artefacts to Amgueddfa Cymru.

This small display introduces visitors to Thomas’s world, bringing together images and objects to give a glimpse into the life and work of this remarkable man.

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