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The Correspondence of Thomas Henry Thomas, 'Arlunydd Penygarn'

Thomas Henry Thomas (1839-1915), was the son of Dr Thomas Thomas, the President of the Baptist College at Pontypool. He was an artist, naturalist, and Welsh cultural nationalist in the period before the First World War.

As a polymath he bridged the gap between art and science and his numerous areas of interest are evident in his role as special artist for The Graphic and Daily Graphic newspapers. In 1893 Thomas instigated a campaign to obtain Welsh representation on the Royal Standard.

He became the First Herald Bard of the Gorsedd in 1895 and was instrumental in reforming gorsedd ceremony and engaged in a crusade to improve the standard of Welsh art. He is regarded today as a founding father of the National Museum of Wales.

Thomas’s correspondence ranges chronologically from 1851-1915. This volume brings together his correspondence which is scattered amongst various archive collections in four Welsh institutions.

dited by Christabel Hutchings
Published 2012
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