Things of Beauty

Things of Beauty : What Two Sisters Did for Wales

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The backdrop to the formation of the Museum's world-famous art collection. A beautiful exploration of how two fascinating sisters used immense wealth created by the Industrial Revolution in Wales, deep religious conscience and 'things of beauty' to transform the cultural life of Wales.
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Who was who in the world of the Davies sisters. Introduction: the world of the Davies family- Prys Morgan. 'Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do': the 'Top Sawyer's' legacy - David Jenkins. 'Much that is beautiful': art, travel and learning - Ann Sumner. 'Knocked to pieces': the impact of the Great War - Oliver Fairclough. 'The Beauty of simplicity': Arts and crafts ideals for Wales - Eveline Holsappel. 'Wealth wise and culture kind': Gregynog in the 1920s and 1930s - Robert Meyrick. 'Flinging songs across the ether': the sisters, Gregynog and music for Wales - Bryony Dawkes. 'The gaiety of these books': the Gregynog Press - John R. Kenyon. An 'all consuming drive': Margaret's later collecting - Louisa Briggs. Bibliography. Notes on contributors.
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