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JONES , SAMUEL MAURICE ( 1853 - 1932 ), artist ;

b. at Mochdre, Denbs. , 1853 , son of the Rev. John Jones ( 1820 - 1886 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister. He was educated at Caernarvon , Liverpool , and London ; in London he met Ruskin and Holman Hunt and had his work criticized by them. Deciding to devote himself to painting , he settled at Caernarvon as a landscape painter , working mainly in water-colour, his favourite fields being the country around Caernarvon and the Conway Valley . He was at his best in depicting mountain scenery . As an illustrator he did a good deal of work for Cymru (O.M.E.) and for the volumes in ‘ Cyfres y Fil .’ He was elected an Associate of the Royal Cambrian Academy in 1882 and became an Academician (R.C.A.) in 1921 . He was a regular exhibitor at the Academy's annual exhibition in Conway . He wrote some articles for Cymru . In his later years he lived at Llandudno , where he d. 30 Dec. 1932 . He was three times married and had one son.


  • The Liverpool Daily Post , 2 Jan. 1933 ;
  • information supplied by Mr. F. Lees , Keeper of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art; personal knowledge.


Edward Morgan Humphreys, O.B.E., M.A., (1882-1955), Caernarfon

Published date: 1959