Archive for January, 2010

My research has led me to many articles written by Anthony Blunt about his good friend and colleague – the Late Tomas Harris (my grandfathers brother). Anthony Blunt wrote many tributes to Tomas for newspapers and Exhibition catalogues. Anthony Blunt was also good friends with Tomas’s sister Enriqueta Harris.

<— View details of article written by Anthony Blunt the week after Tomas’s death in the car accident in Mallorca

View Blunts introduction about Tomas Harris in the catalogue produced for the Tomas Harris 1975 Art Exhibition at the Courtauld Institute   —>

View Another Anthony Blunt article about Tomas Harris <— (Please note that article tells that Tomas designed and built his house in Camp de Mar in Mallorca, this is not correct – He purchased the house and renovated it – see photos of house before and after renovation in the Camp de Mar Gallery)

Anthony Blunt was  Knighted in 1956  and awarded an honorary fellowship at Trinity College. In 1978, while a distinguished Art historian at the Courtauld institute,  he was stripped of his knighthood and removed as an Honary member of Trinity college because his role as a Soviet Spy during the war had become exposed.

Blunt <– Wiki link was a Warburg Institute professor; director of the Courtauld Institute and professor at the University of London, before and after the war. He specialised in French and Italian Art. Enriqueta Harris, Tomas’s sister, specialised in Spanish Art, and had also worked at the Courtauld Institute. Henri Frankfort had become  director of the Warburg Institute in London in 1948,  and married Enriqueta Harris who worked at the Courtauld Institute just two years before he died in 1954.

Blunt had spent five years serving in MI5 during the war and was lavishly entertained (along with Guy Burgess, David Liddell and  Kim Philby) at the Mayfair and Logan Place residences of Tomas and his wife Hilda. Blunt was interviewed by Nigel West, author of GARBO, in May 1981, during which he informed Nigel West that in 1944 he had been introduced to GARBO (MI5’s double spy) by Tomas Harris (Garbos MI5 controller) over dinner at a restaurant in Jermyn Street in London.

Blunt was a member of the group known as the Cambridge Five <– Wiki Link . Wikipedia states that the five names refer to the fact that all members became committed Communists while attending Cambridge University in the 1930s..

AND NOW :  I have also found and made first contact with David Harris’s half brother Anthony Harris who lives in LA and is a great grandfather!  I hope to update the family tree with lots of new great grand children very soon with lots more new names – What a result!!  Click here to explore the –> latest Family Tree <—

Its so wonderful to make initial contact with family members as close as my fathers cousins all as a result of this website..

( I have also made contact with  the daughter of my fathers second cousin Carol Kino ) but I havent written about that yet.  More to come – subscribe to emails to receive notifications of new posts

I had tried several routes, lots of combitations of emails, and even found an Anthony Harris artist, who had studied at the Courtault Institute, a coincidence now I know, but a lead I followed up all the same!

Anyway,  Anthony emailed me through my website after an email from Davids wife, Sarah,  in England,.

I had , only one week ago,  made contact with David Harris (who is also my fathers first cousin) for the very first time.  Click on this link —-> How I found David Harris <—-    and as a direct result I have now made first contact with Anthony Harris. 😉

The ball is on a roll !!!

Great news – Yesterday, I finally managed to track down and telephone David Harris – It has been a long journey trying to find him.

Through this website I have made many new contacts, many of them relatives. One contact (and many are newfound relatives)  has lead to another and eventually I received a phone number that was over two years old.  It had been received in Spain, by a ‘second cousin’ of my father,  written on a christmas card that had been sent by David Harris. A contact, in Spain,  made as a direct result of my website, has a sister, who had visited with David many years ago gave me Davids phone number.

So, I tried that number yesterday, wondering if perhaps David had moved house, and the number would be out of date! Well, it was fine. I called, and we had a great chat… We learned about eachother – and discovered that he lives in East Sussex, which neighbours Surrey, where my home is.   So a search that started in the Sunday Times, went to London, Wales, and Spain, ends in East Sussex.

David has a wife called Sarah and 5 great children (Ruth, Naome, Joanne, Johnathon and Rebecca). So, now I have a few more names to add to my family tree .. 🙂  We exchanged great stories, and I even learned a little more about my grandfather William Harris. My father will be so pleased to learn that I finally made contact with a new FIRST cousin! I learned from David that my father has another living  cousin in LA called Anthony Harris (who has four grown up children) and  is the same age (or thereabouts) as my father, who is now 82. I look forward to making contact with Anthony too, some time very soon I hope.

What a result!!! The wonders of the internet – hey!

 

War years -Tomas moved from Chesterfield Gardens to here - Garden Lodge

Garden Lodge, Logan Place

In 1948  Tomas moved the Spanish Art Gallery to Garden Lodge, Logan Place, Kensington,London W8 where he and his wife Hilde were known to entertain their friends in high places (from MI5 and the art world). Then at some point after he  also purchased some land in Andratx, Mallorca and remodelled a house with cactus gardens, an art Studio, and farm.

Tomas owned the Garden Lodge and the El Studio at Camp de Mar and settled in Mallorca, where he devoted himself to his own art, mastering almost all techniques: oil, engraving, lithography, sculpture, stained glass and tapestries. His main inspiration was the island landscape, particularly that of Andratx, which he loved. He painted many scenes of the Mallorcan Landscape. Sadly Tomas died at 58,  in a car crash in 1964, in Mallorca.

The Garden Lodge at Logan Place became,  many years after Tomas’s death, the home of the singer Freddy Mercury (Queen).

Ana Torrojo, a famous Spanish lead singer of the trio Mecano (which has probably been the most popular band from Spain) now owns the painters art studio.

Close friends of Tomas own the house in Camp De Mar in Andratx to this day. They had been friends with Tomas Harris when he lived there, and after he died, they purchased the property which Tomas had designed and built.  Their son grew up in the house that Tomas built, and even today it is still very much like it was when Tomas lived in it. His memory lives on…

 

TomasHarris - MI5 Garbo case officer

Since November 2009 , this popular Anita Harris Family Tree  website ( www.anitaharrisfamily.co.uk)  already includes a lot of posts and great information about my vast newly discovered Harris family AND Tomas Harris ( artist and MI5 officer) . 

This month ( January 2010 ) I had the idea to create another website for all you researchers out there wanting to publish your own Tomas Harris Posts in a central location – none better than on www.TomasHarris.com – So I bought the domain, created a website – and now you can get blogging

I have created  www.tomasharris.com  for all you internet surfers out there  who would  like to share your knowledge about Tomas Harris, MI5 officer, artist, scholar, Goya specialist etc… and put it somewhere obvious that everyone can find quickly. (  WWW.TOMASHARRIS.COM )

  I have received so much positive feedback, and endless information for this website, that I am having trouble keeping up with all the new information coming my way.  Now its your turn to publish your own posts about Tomas Harris …

Last photo of TH1099I will continue to publish my own Tomas Harris and Harris family posts on www.AnitaHarrisFamily.co.uk to which you can subscribe to receive emails every time I add new posts (click the email link in the header on this website) .

You can also subscribe to receive emails whenever any one else adds a new post about Tomas Harris on www.TomasHarris.com , by subscribing to the email updates there too (from the link in the header on that site).

I have aleady received so much positive feedback about both sites – Thank you.

And also a HUGE thanks to all of you out there who are supplying me with so much fabulous information.

Foto Garden Lodge from Andreu

Njoy and Happy Blogging…

PS Before you can write and publish your own posts (in English only please) on www.tomasharris.com  please  contact me through the Contact Form on this site to request a username and password.

A username and password is all you’ll need to login and start Blogging (Posting) – I looking forward to hearing from you.

Anita Harris

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