David Jones

1895–1974

David Jones, ‘The Garden Enclosed’ 1924
The Garden Enclosed 1924
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Biography

Walter David Jones CH, CBE (known as David Jones, 1 November 1895 – 28 October 1974) was both a painter and one of the first-generation British modernist poets. As a painter he worked chiefly in watercolour, painting portraits and animal, landscape, legendary and religious subjects. He was also a wood-engraver and designer of inscriptions. As a writer he was considered by T. S. Eliot to be of major importance, and his The Anathemata was considered by W. H. Auden to be the best long poem written in English of the 20th century. Help in forming his work came from his Christian beliefs and Welsh heritage.

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Artworks

Artist as subject

Archive

Prunella Clough Diary

18 November 1944–27 February 1947
Archive

Henry Moore OM, CH, recipient: Ben Nicholson OM Letter from Henry Moore to Ben Nicholson

29 June 1931

Further reading

Art Term

Gouache

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Tate Etc

Transmogrified by the trenches

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Sketches, letters, etc.

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