Artist: Thomas Henry Thomas (British, 1839-1915)
Work and size: " Landscape" Oil on Canvas | The two landscapes are entitled ''Near Corwen, North Wales'' and ''Near Bala, North Wales'' | Signed by the artist in the lower right of canvas | Titles appear on canvas verso and frame verso | Mild craquelure | Housed in period gold gesso wood frames | Approx. Dimensions for each: Canvases 17'' H x 13'' W; With Frames 24" H x 20"
Artist bio: Born 31 March 1839 at the Baptist College, Pontypool, son of Thomas Thomas (1805 - 1851), and his wife, Mary David, Cardiff. He was educated at home and at an academy kept by Dr. Bompas in Bristol before he entered the Bristol School of Art, whence he went (1858) to Carey's Art School, London, and to the Royal Academy Schools; he later went to Paris, Rome, etc. At Rome he came to know John Gibson and Penry Williams.
He returned to London in 1861, settled down as a painter, and married in 1866. In London he devoted himself chiefly to portraiture, design, and book illustration. He also did some work for the Graphic and The Daily Graphic, going as special artist for these journals to Canada in 1884 for British Association meetings.
His father having retired to Cardiff, T. H. Thomas also ultimately settled down in that town. Henceforth he became closely associated with Welsh life - the national eisteddfod, the Royal Cambrian Academy (of which he was one of the first promoters), the Cardiff Naturalists' Society (he was a particularly active member in this society, becoming its president in 1888), etc. The geology, archaeology, and folk-lore of Wales, the study of Pontypool and Usk japan ware, the Cardiff library and museum, etc. — these were a few of his varied interests; for further details see the manuscripts listed below. He died 5th July, 1915.