Parting Looks — Tom Jones

James Thomas “Tom” Jones (1920 — 2000)

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Tom’s clever cartoon sketch depicts the personalities involved in the early partnership. They collaborate on an enormous carving. Whit chisels his name prematurely on the work. Jesse, a homeless man Harold took in, does heavy lifting. Harold, in his festooned sombrero, stands ready with mortar. Tom, in Johnny Reb attire, carries water for Harold. And Sharon directs the project with an imperious finger.

Tom Jones. Cowboy resting

Tom Jones study

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(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to Parting Looks — Tom Jones

  1. The third one down looks like it should be in relief on the side of a building. Did it end up like that?

    • JMN says:

      Good question. I don’t know the ends and origins of much of Tom’s work that has turned up here. Studies, sketches, proposals, presentations, designs, notes, diagrams, projects — some of it I know its background anecdotally, but the rest will remain a mystery — unless family or friends or historians who knew Tom show up at the sale in July and offer background that I’m ignorant of. My dad could have answered many questions! He, after all, acquired and preserved the material…. (!) The graphic you mention shows how immersed Tom was in Texas history and its Native American and Mexican origins. It likely had the public, sweeping, monument-oriented intention you envisage.

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