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WILLIAMS , PENRY ( 1800 - 1885 ), painter ;

the son of William Williams , a stonemason , he was christened at Merthyr Tydfil 2 Feb. 1800 . He studied at the Royal Academy schools under Fuseli , gained a silver medal from the Society of Arts for a drawing from the antique in 1821 , and exhibited his work at the exhibitions of the British Institution , the society of British Artists , and the Royal Academy , where thirty-four of his pictures were hung between 1822 and 1869 , including portraits of John Gibson ( 1844 ) and lady Charlotte Guest ( 1845 ). He settled in Rome in 1827 , where he became very friendly with John Gibson . He was elected an associate of the Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1828 . Most of his pictures depict Italian views and scenes of Roman life. Some of his pictures are to be found in the National Gallery , the British Museum , and the South Kensington Museum , and a number of them have been engraved. Williams d. in Rome , 27 July 1885 .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • T. M. Rees , Welsh painters, engravers and sculptors, 1527–1911 (1912) ;
  • bishops’ transcripts;
  • NLW MS 9277.


Megan Ellis, (1906-2001), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959