Ebenezer Thomas was a schoolmaster and one of Wales’ foremost poets, writing under the pen name of Eben Fardd. He sits in his bardic chair wearing the medal awarded him in 1851 (at Tremadog) by the Eisteddfod, the annual peripatetic cultural gathering within Wales. Well known as a poetry adjudicator and composer of Welsh hymns, his literary attributes of quill, ink and awarded medals lie on the table, with a letter bearing a franked penny red. The letter is addressed to ‘Eben Fardd, Clynnog’, where he lived and taught from 1827 until his death. The artist was an artisan painter from Cardiganshire who worked in London as a missionary, moved to Shrewsbury and was then based in Caernarfon, North Wales, from 1850. He produced popular commemorative portraits of Eisteddfod notables as well as landscapes. He wrote numerous articles on art in the late 1840s and became a Calvinistic Methodist Minister in 1859.
Where to see this painting?
Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery
Ffordd Gwynedd, Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, LL57 1DT
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