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DAVIES , WILFRED MITFORD ( 1895 - 1966 ), artist ;

b. Feb. 23, 1895 at Menai Bridge, Angl. , the second son of Robert and Elizabeth Davies . The family soon moved to Star , between Llanfairpwll and Gaerwen , and he was brought up there. His early education was at Llanfairpwll elementary school , and the County School , Llangefni . His plans to become an architect were scotched by World War I . After leaving the army, he spent four years at the Liverpool School of Art before starting work as a commercial artist in the city. He returned to live and work at Star on the death of his father. It was about this time — 1923-24 — that Ifan ab Owen Edwards (see below) asked him to provide illustrations for the monthly magazine Cymru'r Plant , and thus began more than forty years of work for Urdd Gobaith Cymru . His cartoon characters ‘ Toodles ’ and ‘ Twm y gath ' became very popular; they appeared in Breton in 1936 . He worked widely for Welsh publishers, illustrating volumes by Daniel Owen , E. Tegla Davies , Meuryn , John Ellis Williams and many others, and he was a cartoonist for Welsh newspapers and periodicals.

Apart from his commercial work, he was a noted artist in oils and watercolour , and his canvases, many of Anglesey and Snowdonia , are found in homes throughout Wales . He m. in 1925 , Ellen Rowlands , daughter of Elias and Margaret Rowlands , Liverpool , and they had one daughter, Margaret .

He d. in Mar. 1966 , and was buried at the town cemetery, Llangefni .

Sources:

  • Personal knowledge;
  • [ W. Mitford Davies , Caernarfon, 1980 , Gwynedd Library Service exhibition brochure, 1980 ].

Author:

Margaret Mitford Williams, Llangefni

Published date: 2001