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WILLIAMS , WILLIAM ( Ap Caledfryn ; 1837 - 1915 ), portrait painter .

The son of William Williams ( Caledfryn ), Congregational minister and poet (q.v.) , he was b. [at Caernarvon ] 24 March 1837 . He received his first drawing lesson when he was 6 years old from the Welsh artist Hugh Hughes ( 1790 - 1863 , q.v.) . He m. Mary Daniel , daughter of Herbert Daniel , Congregational minister at Cefn-y-crib , and had two children, both of whom inherited their father's love of music. Among his friends were Dr. Joseph Parry , T. H. Thomas ( Arlunydd Penygarn ) , and Owen Morgan ( Morien ) (qq.v.) Ap Caledfryn painted landscapes in water — colour , but is better known for his portraits in oils , many of which are to be found in private hands in South Wales . Two portraits of his father are to be found, at Groes-wen , Caerphilly , and the Welsh Folk Museum , S. Fagans . He d. at Groes-wen in 1915 , and was buried there.

Sources:

  • NLW MSS 6358, 9277;
  • information from Mrs. R. Williams-Hughes .

Author:

Megan Ellis, (1906-2001), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959