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PUGH , EDWARD ( c. 1761 - 1813 ), miniature and landscape painter ;

said to have been b. at Ruthin . He exhibited twenty-three pictures, mainly miniature portraits, and including one of Thomas Edwards ( Twm o'r Nant , q.v.) , at the Royal Academy between 1793 and 1808 , and during this period was working in London , except for a period in 1800 when his address is given as Chester . Another of his pictures was exhibited posthumously in 1821 . He joined an artists’ volunteer corps in 1803 . Pugh supplied the drawings for Modern London , 1805 , and, inspired by Boydell , wrote Cambria Depicta: A Tour through North Wales … which, illustrated with over seventy of the author 's own drawings, was published posthumously in 1816 . According to the preface, which is dated at Ruthin , 10 May 1813 , the work took him nine years to complete. Edward Pugh , described as ‘ limner ’ of Well Street , was buried at Ruthin 20 July 1813 , and his age is given as 52.

Sources:

  • Basil Long , British Miniaturists , 1929 ;
  • Graves , The Royal Academy of Arts , 1905–6 ;
  • Bishops’ transcripts, diocese of S. Asaph, in N.L.W.

Author:

Miss Megan Ellis, (1906-2001), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959