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WILLIAMS , CHRISTOPHER DAVID ( 1873 - 1934 ), R.B.A. , artist

Bornat Maes-teg, Glam. , 7 Jan. 1873 , the only son of Evan and Mary Williams . Destined for the medical profession , he eventually overcame parental opposition, and after leaving Oswestry high school and attending art classes at Neath was awarded a scholarship at the Royal College of Art , South Kensington . After three years he entered the Royal Academy schools , where he studied under Sargent and Clausen and where he was awarded the Landseer prize for a portrait head. After his marriage to Emily Appleyard in 1904 he travelled extensively in Italy , Switzerland , Spain , and Morocco . He died in London , 19 July 1934 .

Christopher Williams was primarily a painter of portraits and allegorical pictures , but he also painted landscapes and landscapes with figures. He was commissioned to paint the Investiture of the prince of Wales at Caernarvon in 1911 and ‘ The Charge of the Welsh Division at Mametz Wood ’ in 1916 . Among his portraits are those of Sir John Williams , Sir Henry Jones , Sir John Rhys , David Lloyd George (later 1st earl Dwyfor ) , Sir John Morris-Jones , and Hwfa Mon . Several of his pictures were shown at the Royal Academy exhibitions and his work is represented in the collections of the National Museum of Wales at Cardiff , the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth , and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery at Swansea , and at Caernarvon , Maes-teg , and Coleg Harlech .


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Megan Ellis, (1906-2001), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959