Dictionary of Welsh Biography


A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z



WILLIAMS , EVAN ( 1816? - 1878 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, and artist ;

b. in Lledrod, Cards. , c. 1816 . For four years he was a missioner amongst Welsh people in London . He began to preach at Mold in 1848 ; he went to live to Caernarvon in 1851 , and was ordained in 1859 . He had no pastoral charge. He was best known as a portrait and landscape painter , and was usually called ‘ Evan Williams the limner ’. He painted the portraits of several contemporaries, including Eben Fardd , David Jones , ( Treborth ) , and Edward Morgan ( Dyffryn ) , but his best work was done in landscape, especially in his pictures of mountain and lake scenery. Between Oct. 1848 and Oct. 1849 he wrote articles on painters and painting to the Traethodydd . He d. 2 Oct. 1878 , aged 62, and was buried at Caeathro , near Caernarvon . [See article on Prichard, John William .]

Sources:

  • Richard Owen , Bethesda, in Y Goleuad , 19 Oct. 1875 ;
  • W. Hobley , Hanes Methodistiaeth Arfon , viii, 3;
  • Edward Jones , Y gymdeithasfa yn cynnwys gweithrediadau cymdeithasfa chwarterol y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yn ngogledd Cymru, a'r gymanfa gyffredinol ynghyda'r ordeiniadau gweinidogaethol, a'r arholiadau cymdeithasfaol, yn y gogledd a'r deheudir, hyd y flwyddyn 1890 , Caernarfon, 1891 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959