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CONWAY , CHARLES ( 1820 - 1884 ), painter and engraver ;

b. at Whitehall , near Pontnewydd, Mon. , 8 Feb. 1820 . He was a versatile artist , for to painting he added china decoration , carving , and etching . His etchings illustrative of Welsh folk-lore obtained a prize at a Cardiff eisteddfod . He began a series of plates of some of the forest trees of Monmouthshire to be published under the title of Silva Silurica , but his death interrupted the completion of the work. The following are in the National Museum of Wales : ‘ Studies of Flowers ’ (water-colour), ‘ Pont Sarn ’ (sepia), ‘ Hafod yr Ynys Farm ’ (etching), ‘ The Alchemist ’ (etching), ‘ On the Way ’ (etching), ‘ Chepstow Castle ’ (etching).

His nephew and namesake, CHARLES CONWAY ( fl. 1870 ), was an accomplished amateur painter in water-colour and etcher . Uncle and nephew presented their botanical collections to form the nucleus of the National Museum of Wales collection at Cardiff . The uncle d. at Pontnewydd House 11 June 1884 and was buried in the Baptist graveyard , Pont-rhyd-yr-ynn, Mon.

Sources:

  • T. M. Rees , Welsh painters, engravers and sculptors, 1527–1911 , 1912 .

Author:

Rev. Thomas Mardy Rees, (1871-1953), Neath

Published date: 1959