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JERMAN , HUGH ( 1836 - 1895 ), artist and musician ;

b. Church Street , Llanidloes, Mont. , 28 Sept. 1836 , son of a carpenter , Richard Jerman and his wife Mary . He was educated in local schools and the National School before becoming a student at Battersea Training College , 1854-55 , and then becoming a teacher . He taught in Lincolnshire , Connah's Quay , Kerry , Kirkby Fleetham and Wells in Yorkshire . In 1877 he returned to Llanidloes and established a private school , Severn Grove Academy , where he taught the sons of the richer town and country folk until 1890 .

He was a talented musician who won many prizes at eisteddfodau . In the Conway national eisteddfod of 1861 he won first prize for an anthem, ‘ Deus Misereatur ’. He conducted an accomplished choir in the town. He taught himself the violin and piano . But he became best known as an artist , skilled in oils and water-colours, and many of his pictures are in private collections. His best-known is ‘ The Glanyrafon Hunt ’, painted for Edward Bennett , brother of Nicholas Bennett ( DWB , 32) in 1885 . There are three of his paintings in the National Library . He was also a very effective portrait painter .

In 1859 he married Elizabeth Salter of Kerry , and they had two sons and five daughters. One son, Richard Henry Jerman , 1866 - 1951 , was also a gifted artist . His brother-in-law, Edward Salter , b. 1831 , was a schoolmaster and artist and father of E.H. Langford Salter , 1870 - 1949 , who established a music business in Neath and manufactured organs . He died May 8, 1895 and was buried in the parish cemetery at Llanidloes .

Sources:

  • David Davies , Musicians of Llanidloes (1931) , 1931 ;
  • personal knowledge.

Author:

Edward Ronald Morris, Llanidloes / Llanfyllin

Published date: 2001