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Sir John Rhŷs was a founding Fellow of the British Academy. He established himself as a Celtic scholar through research carried out when he was an HM Inspector of Schools in North Wales. He was appointed to the first professor of Celtic at Jesus College, Oxford, in 1877. Primarily a philologist, his interests included the early history of Wales, Celtic folklore, archaeology and ethnology – his work is regarded as the basis of the discipline of Celtic studies.
oil on canvas
H 67 x W 56 cm
gift from the sitter's daughter, 1928