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The Library was granted a Royal Charter in 1907 with a clear mandate to develop a hybrid collection with artworks as part of an overall strategy to preserve a large range of material. The paintings collection is focused around Welsh subject matter, Welsh portraits and Welsh artists. From the start the emphasis was to create a collection of works which represented very specifically the place of Wales and the Welsh nation within history and the world.


Art Unlocked is an online talk series by Art UK in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. This Curation is based on a talk by Morfudd Bevan, Art Curator at the National Library of Wales, on 30th March 2022. You can find a recording at: https://youtu.be/8MSL6WncjoU

5 artworks
Vase of Flowers
Image credit: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Vase of Flowers 1910s

Gwen John (1876–1939)

Oil on board

H 40 x W 32 cm

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Bendith y Tonnau
© Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and Nicola Howard-Jones. Image credit: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Bendith y Tonnau 1973

Ray Howard-Jones (1903–1996)

Gouache

H 29 x W 43.5 cm

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Greenham, Peace Vigil
© the artist. Image credit: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Greenham, Peace Vigil 1984

Claudia Williams (b.1933)

Oil on board

H 182.5 x W 121.5 cm

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Bryn Celli Ddu
© the artist. Image credit: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Bryn Celli Ddu 2005/2006

Mary Lloyd Jones (b.1934)

Oil on canvas

H 152.4 x W 365.8 cm

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Blue Gloves, Orange Chair (Menig Glas, Cadair Oren)
© the artist. Image credit: Seren Morgan Jones

Blue Gloves, Orange Chair (Menig Glas, Cadair Oren) 2016

Seren Morgan Jones (b.1985)

Mixed media on canvas

H 56 x W 51 cm

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales