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Tudor Elwyn Watkins (1903–1983), Baron Watkins of Glyntawe

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Powys County Council

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The sitter was a Labour politician. He was born at Abercrave in the Swansea Valley on 9 May 1903, the eldest son of Howel Watkins, a Colliery Fireman, and Annie Prosser, who lived in the Ystradgynlais, Pontardawe area in what was then Breconshire. He received his education at the local elementary school, evening continuation classes, university tutorial classes, classes organised by the WEA and the National Council of Labour Colleges, and later (as the recipient of a bursary) at Coleg Harlech. He earned his living as a coalminer from the age of 13 and a half, 1917–1925, and then as the Labour Party agent in the Brecon and Radnor constituency, 1928–1933. He was general secretary of the Breconshire Association of Friendly Societies, 1937–1948.

Powys County Hall

Llandrindod Wells


Tudor Elwyn Watkins (1903–1983), Baron Watkins of Glyntawe




oil on canvas


H 121 x W 90 cm

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signed & dated 1985 lower right;


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Powys County Hall

Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 5LG Wales

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