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GRIFFITH , JAMES MILO ( 1843 - 1897 ), sculptor .

Born 11 June 1843 at Pont-seli, Pembs. , he was apprenticed under the patronage of the bishop when Llandaff cathedral was being rebuilt. When he was twenty he was admitted to the Royal Academy school , London .

His chief works at this time were: ‘ The Fine Arts ’ on Holborn viaduct , ‘ The Four Evangelists ’ in Bristol cathedral , and the fountain at Bridgnorth . In 1875 his ‘ Summer Flowers ’ was placed in Margam castle by C. M. Talbot . On one occasion the Royal Academy accepted as many as eight of his works — the highest number admissible. He exhibited regularly at the National Eisteddfod and in 1883 delivered a notable lecture on ‘ The relationship between the eisteddfod and art .’ His best known works are his statue of John Batchelor at Cardiff ( 1884 ) and that of Sir Hugh Owen at Caernarvon ( 1888 ). In 1885 he designed the silver shield presented to the prince and princess of Wales on their jubilee. His model of ‘ Sheridan's March ’ attracted considerable attention in the Chicago Fair .

After having spent some time as a teacher of sculpture at San Francisco he returned to London in 1896 and d. there 8 Sept. 1897 . Several of his works are in the National Museum of Wales .


  • Y Geninen (Gwyl Dewi), 1898 ;
  • Scrap-book by Milo Griffith, now in the possession of his nephew, Mr. Baldwin Richards , Aberayron.


Reverend Professor John Oliver Stephens, M.A., B.D., (1880-1957), Carmarthen

Published date: 1959