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MORRIS , CAREY ( 1882 - 1968 ), artist ;

b. 17 May 1882 at Llandeilo, Carms. , son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Boynes Morris . He attended Llandeilo county school , and soon rebelled against the Board of Education 's mechanical method of teaching art. He went to the Slade in London , and excelled in the study of anatomy under the instruction of Henry Tonks . In 1911 he m. Jessie Phillips , and became a member of the numerous groups of artists who were working at Newlyn , Cornwall . With his wife, who was an author and editor , he moved to London , where he had a studio in Cheyne Walk , Chelsea . There he met prominent artists of the day, as well as writers and musicians . He himself played the cello at musical evenings . He frequently returned to Llandeilo and the Towy valley to paint, but enlisted in the army in 1914 , and later obtained a commission in the South Wales Borderers . He suffered from the effects of gas in Flanders and his health was impaired for the rest of his life. He claimed descent from the Morrises of Anglesey ( John DWB , 661 , Lewis DWB , 661-2 , Morris DWB , 663 , Richard DWB , 663-4 , and William Morris DWB , 666-7 ), and one of his interests after the war was the issue of art and craft at the National Eisteddfod . He saw the need for reforming the Gorsedd ceremonies, and wrote extensively on the topic. He published articles on art , such as ‘ Personality as a force in art ’ and ‘ Art and religion in Wales ’.

He worked on landscapes and portraits throughout Wales , and his patrons include some aristocratic families. One of his close friends was Sir Joseph Bradney ( DWB , 48) , the historian of Monmouthshire . He illustrated books , particularly the children's books which his wife wrote, and he made the illustrations for Taith y pererin , an adaptation of Pilgrim's Progress by Edward Tegla Davies (see above) . He d. 17 Nov. 1968 and was buried in Llandeilo churchyard.


  • Eirwen Jones , ‘An artist in peace and war’, The Carmarthenshire Historian , 1978 , 29-42.


Elis Gwyn Jones, ( -1999), Cricieth

Published date: 2001