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

Name: Hugh Jerman
Date of birth: 1836
Date of death: 1895
Spouse: Elizabeth Jerman (née Salter)
Child: Richard Henry Jerman
Parent: Mary Jerman
Parent: Richard Jerman
Gender: Male
Occupation: artist and musician
Area of activity: Art and Architecture; Music
Author: Edward Ronald Morris

Born Church Street, Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire, 28 September 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 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, born 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.


Published date: 2001

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