DAVIES, WILLIAM (Mynorydd; 1826 - 1901), sculptor and musician

Name: William Davies
Pseudonym: Mynorydd
Date of birth: 1826
Date of death: 1901
Child: Mary Davies (née Davies)
Parent: Moses Davies
Gender: Male
Occupation: sculptor and musician
Area of activity: Art and Architecture; Music
Author: Thomas Mardy Rees

Born at Glebeland, Merthyr Tydfil, 26 January 1826, the son of Moses Davies (1799 - 1866). At the age of 16 he entered the studio of Behnes in London, working also in the studios of leading sculptors. He was also assiduous in his literary and musical studies. A history of Welsh musicians in London contributed by him to the London Kelt appeared afterwards in Y Cerddor, 1895, As a young man he attended singing classes arranged by John Thomas (Ieuan Ddu, 1795 - 1871). He became leader of the Welsh Choral Society after Dan Jones. As a sculptor he exhibited about 40 times at the Royal Academy. He made busts of many Welsh preachers, and statues, that of Thomas Charles of Bala, now in front of the Calvinistic Methodist chapel at Bala, being his work. He died 22 September 1901, and was buried in the West Hampstead cemetery. Mary Davies, singer, was his daughter.

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Published date: 1959

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