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Dylan Thomas returns to America
generic black and white image of Dylan lying in a meadow
Dylan Thomas as photographed for the Picture Post in the '40s

It's more than half a century since one of our most well known poets, Dylan Thomas, died during a lecture tour of the United States.

Now a painting featuring this literary great is to be exhibited there.

The work, Dylan at the BBC, by Welsh artist Jeff Phillips is being exhibited at locations in Wales before going on show in America.

The painting is based on a photograph taken in 1949 and used as a cover for the Radio Times.

During the Second World War the centre of Swansea suffered extensive bomb damage and the original BBC studios, which are still located in Alexandra Road, had been damaged, so premises were used at the Grove in Uplands for a BBC broadcast by the so-called Kardomah Boys.

black and white picture of Dylan Thomas
Image of Dylan at the BBC

The Kardomah Boys was a term used for various artists, musicians, poets and other writers who frequented the Kardomah Café which was then in Castle Street, but subsequently moved to its current location of Portland Walk because of bomb damage.

Regulars at these bohemian 'coffee mornings' included Charles Fisher, poets Dylan Thomas and Vernon Watkins, composer Daniel Jones, Alfred Janes, Mabley Owen and Tom Warner.

But the actual broadcast featured Dylan Thomas, the composer Daniel Jones, poet Vernon Watkins, artist Alfred Janes, writer John Pritchard, and producer John Griffiths.

The artwork's tour will include locations in Carmarthenshire, Swansea city centre, Mumbles and appropriately enough one of Dylan's most favoured haunts, The Uplands Tavern, in Dylan's time known as the Commercial/Uplands Hotel.

Jeff Phillips said: "I am thrilled that so many places with a real Dylan connection have agreed to show the painting."

"It is a substantial piece of work and will definitely be noticed. "

"More dates and venues are being added and the tour is expected to last a year and then go to the USA, where many of Dylan's most ardent fans may be found."

"We are also hoping to hang the work in London with Dylan's Boho Fitzrovia."




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