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    Sale 5389

    20th Century British Art

    16 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 45

    Sir Kyffin Williams, R.A. (1918-2006)

    The Estuary, Laugharne

    Price Realised  


    Sir Kyffin Williams, R.A. (1918-2006)
    The Estuary, Laugharne
    signed with initials 'KW' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    20 x 30 in. (50.8 x 76.2 cm.)
    Painted in 1984.

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    'And some, like myself, just came, one day, for the day, and never left; got off the bus, and forgot to get on again'.
    (Dylan Thomas on Laugharne, from Quite Early One Morning).

    Laugharne is most famously the township on the estuary of the River Taf where Dylan Thomas lived and wrote. Thomas had an affinity with the place since he visited the poet Glyn Jones there in 1934. He first moved there in 1938, returning in 1949, where he lived at The Boathouse (now a heritage site) with his wife and children. It was here that he wrote some of his most celebrated works. The fictitious Llareggub of Under Milk Wood written in Laugharne was confirmed by his widow, Caitlin, in her autobiography, as being based on the Township.

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    with Thackery Gallery, London, where purchased by the present owner, 14 May 1985.


    Cardiff, National Museum of Wales, Kyffin Williams Retrospective Exhibition, 1987, no. 66.