Tomás Harris (Biographical details)

Tomás Harris (painter/draughtsman; collector; British; Male; 1908 - 1964)

Also known as

Harris, Tomás

Biography

Dealer, collector and artist. Inherited the Spanish Gallery in Conduit Street from his father Lionel (qv). Print scholar, noted authority of Francisco Goya (q.v.) of whose prints he wrote the catalogue raisonné in 1964 (with the assistance of Juliet Wilson Bareau). Brother of Enriqueta Frankfort (q.v.). In Special Services in WWII, and the controller of the double agent Garbo.
His extensive collection of Goya (in excess of four hundred items) was accepted by HM Government in lieu of estate duty on his death and allocated to the British Museum; some of his collection bears his collector's stamp verso in brown 'Tomas Harris' (?) in imitation of his signature (not in Lugt). His collection of prints by Dürer is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Died in Mallorca in a motor accident.

Bibliography

'Tomás Harris 1908-1964, Paintings, Drypoints, Lithographs, Tapestries, Stained glass and Ceramics' (Exhib. Cat.), Courtauld Galleries, 27 Feb - 31 Mar 1975.