Language: English

Illustrated by: Kyffin Williams

ISBN: 1843238179

Current Publication Date: 2007

Format: Hardback

Number of Pages: 198

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“The people of Wales have always appeared to me to have an unusual curiosity about their fellow men.”

Sir Kyffin Williams painted the landscapes and seascapes of his beloved north Wales with a passion that is evident in every stroke of his pallete-knife. He never failed to give thanks for the life-long opportunites he had to paint his native Wales, ‘the land that I feel is so very much in my bones’.

But ‘land’ for Kyffin also meant his fellow countrymen, and throughout his life, he painted portraits, some of which he considered to be among his best work. In 1993, Oriel Ynys Môn in Llangefni held an immensely successful retrospective exhibition of the portraits, to which the artist added the annotation and, most enjoyably, the anecdotes which make up this book. The artist’s enthusiasm for human foibles is evident throughout, as is his sympathy.

Of his second autobiographical volume, A Wider Sky, Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan wrote: ‘It is a relief to see Welsh people portrayed with love, but not uncritically, and without sentimentality, and to read anecdotes in which the werin are never patronised: it is just the kind of book to give to English people.’

The same may surely be said of Portraits.