Jones, David, 1895-1974

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Birth 1895-11-01
Death 1974-10-28

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David Michael Jones was an artist and poet of Welsh heritage. He was born in Kent and studied at Camberwell and Westminster Schools of Art and later worked with Eric Gill, both in England and in Wales. His literary works include "In Parenthesis"(1937), "The Anathemata"(1952), "The Sleeping Lord and other fragments"(1974), and "The Dying Gaul and other writings"(1978). He died in London. His manuscripts of "In Parenthesis","The Anathemata" and "The Sleeping Lord" along with his personal library are in The National Library of Wales. His drawings and painting are in various national galleries of art.

From the description of David Jones collection. [1969]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 646006526

David Michael Jones was born in Brockley, Kent, England, on Nov. 1, 1895. His father was James Jones, a printer's manager, and his mother was Alice Ann Bradshaw, the daughter of a mast and block maker. His mother encouraged his artistic interests and he began sketching at an early age. Some of these childhood sketches not only attracted public attention but also were exhibited at the Royal Drawing Society. From 1909 to 1914 Jones attended the Camberwell School where he was introduced to modern trends in art. His education was interrupted by the First World War, during which he served with the 15th Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. From 1919 to 1921 Jones attended the Westminster School of Art in London. In 1921 he was received into the Roman Catholic Church and in 1922 began his artistic association with Eric Gill at Ditchling, Sussex, later following him to Capel-y-ffin, Wales. During this period, after studying wood and copper engraving with Desmond Chute, Jones began producing book illustrations for St Dominic's Press, The Golden Cockerel Press and other publishers. Disappointed with the published reproductions of some of his engravings, Jones turned his attention to watercolor, which would become the dominant medium of his work for the remainder of his life. In 1937 Jones published 'In parenthesis', a volume written in a mixture of poetry and prose and inspired by his experiences in World War I. This was followed in 1952 by 'The anathemata', which was intended to be part of a longer poem, parts of which were collected in 'The sleeping lord, and other fragments' published in 1974. A posthumous volume, 'The Roman quarry, and other sequences', edited by Harman Grisewood and René Hague, appeared in 1981, followed in 2002 by 'Wedding poems', three previously unpublished short poems edited by Thomas Dilworth. In poor health for many years, Jones suffered a stroke and fall in 1970. His last years were spent at the Calvary Nursing Home of the Blue Sisters, Sudbury Hill, London, where he died on Oct. 28, 1974

From the description of The Jones-Donner collection, 1961-1974. (Georgetown University). WorldCat record id: 183888081

The English painter, engraver and poet David Jones was born in 1895 in Brockley, Kent. He studied art at the Camberwell Art School from 1909 to 1914, and then in 1915 enlisted as a private in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. After demobilization in 1919, Jones attended the Westminister School of Art until 1921. From 1922 to 1924, he lived in Eric Gill's community of artists and craftsmen at Ditchling, Sussex, where he learned the art of wood engraving. After an abortive attempt at the carpentry trade, Jones learned wood and copper engraving under the tutelage of Desmond Chute, while in close contact with Gill. He started producing the illustrations for books like those from which he first learned the art of drawing, including Golden Cockerel's editions of Guilliver's Travels and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In the coming years, he would illustrate several poems published by Faber press, including T.S. Eliot's The Cultivation of Christmas Trees. Jones began to work upon what would, in 1937, be published as his first book of poetry, In Parenthesis. The Anathemata followed in 1952. He died in 1974.

From the description of David Jones Papers. 1928-[ca. 1979] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 225558778

Welsh poet, author, and artist.

Jones was born in Kent. At a young age he attended art school, and later fought in World War I. After the war he worked as an engraver and illustrator, but later turned to writing poetry and prose as well. Much of his writing concerned the modern technological world. From 1955 to his death, Jones was awarded various honors in England for his artistic accomplishments.

From the description of David Jones Papers, 1924-1974, (bulk 1950-1974). (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 32061734


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