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Reverend Christmas Evans (1766–1838)

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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Born in Bodgadfa, Angelsey, Roos enjoyed some success as a portraitist and a painter of animals. He engraved this portrait of the Baptist minister Christmas Evans (1766–1838) in mezzotint, and it is his best-known work. Evans was one of the powerful preachers of the day, an evangelical fire-and-brimstone revivalist who could drive a congregation to terror or religious ecstasy. Roos's painting captures the sheer physical power of the man – who was, reputedly, seven feet tall – and had only one eye, the other blind socket being sewn shut.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on millboard

  • Measurements

    39.4 x 33.2 cm

  • Accession number

    NMW A 2410

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from a private collection, 1907; transferred from the Cardiff Museum, 1912


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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

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