The Rt Hon the late Viscount Tonypandy (George Thomas)
Medium Bronze (edition of 9)
Size 15" (38cm)
Modelled in the artist’s studio;
commissioned by a friend of the late George Thomas;
purchased by the National Library of Wales;
exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1988;
exhibited at the Academie des Beaux-Arts, Paris 1988.
George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy (1909-1997) was a British Labour politician. He was Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central in Wales from 1945 to 1983.
Secretary of State for Wales from 1968 to 1970, he presided over the investiture of the Prince of Wales at Caernarvon Castle in 1969.
During Thomas’ term of office as Speaker of the House of Commons from 1976 to 1983, the first broadcasting of Parliamentary proceedings brought him unprecedented public attention, but he proved more impartial than party colleagues had expected. In 1983 he retired and was created Viscount Tonypandy, one of the last creations of a hereditary peerage.
Edition purchased by the National Library of Wales
" George Thomas’ diary was full of appointments. About a dozen each day scribbled all over the place. I was amazed that he found time to sit. It was a delight to meet such an optimist and to share 4 sittings together in my studio. I will never forget the lilting joyous quality of his voice."