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OWEN , EDWARD PRYCE ( 1788 - 1863 ), cleric and artist ;

b. in March 1788 , only son of archdeacon Hugh Owen ( 1761 - 1827 ) (q.v.) . He was educated at S. John's College , Cambridge ( B.A. 1810 ; M.A. 1816 ). He officiated for some time at Park Street Chapel , Grosvenor Square , London , afterwards ( 27 Feb. 1823 ) becoming vicar of Wellington , and rector of Eyton-upon-the-Wildmoors , Salop , until 1840 . He travelled extensively in various parts of Europe where he made numerous drawings from which he afterwards produced etchings and pictures in oils . Some of his pictures, including a few of Welsh and Border Counties scenes, were exhibited at the British Institution and elsewhere in London , 1839-53 . Besides contributing several plates to The History of Shrewsbury , 1825 , the joint work of his father and J. B. Blakeway , he published Etchings of Ancient Buildings in Shrewsbury ( London , 1820-1 ), Etchings ( London , 1826 ), and The Book of Etchings ( London , i, 1842 ; ii, 1855 ). About 2,340 drawings by him, mounted in twelve large folio volumes, are preserved in the N.L.W. ; they are of interest because they contain such a variety of scenes in Wales and the Border Counties drawn c. 1840 . The later years of the artist 's life were spent at Bettws Hall, Mont. He d. at Cheltenham on 15 July 1863 .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Annual Report of the National Library of Wales , Aberystwyth for the years 1910 to 1913 (published 1913 ), 90-2;
  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 (2nd ed.).

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959