London’s British Museum now has the most complete representation of Goya’s prints of any public collection, thanks to the acquisition of the ‘Tomas Harris Goya Print collection’ also known as the ‘Goya Inheritance’.
This collection is available for viewing and study in the British Museum in London.
The British Museum in London had not made any Goya acquisitions since 1878 until the formal arrival of Tomas Harris Goya Inheritance in 1979. Tomas’s Goya collection along with his two volume ‘Goya, Engravings and Lithographs’ published shortly after his death in 1964 are considered to be Tomas’s greatest contribution as collector and scholar to the field of Goya’s graphic art.
In 1962 Tomas organised a very successfull exhibition at the British Museum, which was almost entirely resourced from his own collection. The catalogue which contains an introduction by Sir Anthony Blunt, can be viewed in my ‘Tomas Harris’s Catalogue gallery’ <- click link to view the gallery
Tomas Harris’s ambition was to acquire a complete collection of ‘everything that had been taken from Goya’s copperplates’.
Shortly after the war Tomas returned to the Slade school of Art for his second time. The first time was between 1923 and 1926‘Tomas Harris Art Gallery’ contains Engravings made by Tomas during both of these periods. To assist Tomas further in his study of Goyas techniques, such as etchings, the use of the burin, needle or drypoint, lavis, and a variety of aquatint techniques, Tomas took up printmaking and experimented with a variety of techniques.
Tomas Harris became a famous artist in his own right, view My ‘Tomas Harris Art Gallery’ which contains many more of his engravings and lots more other works of art including paintings, glass windows, pottery, ceramics, sculptures and lithographs, all made by Tomas Harris.
View ‘More information about the Tomas and the Goya Print Collection at Londons British Museum’ <– here