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Display artist/maker:

Margaret Lindsay Williams

Born: 1888, UK, Wales, Cardiff, Penarth   Died: 1960, UK, England, London, St. John's Wood

Painter. Daughter of a shipbroker. Prodigiously talented, Williams entered the Cardiff Art School at thirteen in 1902. In 1905, she continued her training at Pelham Street School of Art in London in preparation for the Royal Academy Schools where she enrolled in 1906. She was the youngest student ever and first Welsh artist to win the academy’s gold medal in art for her painting The City of Refuge in 1911. She painted historical scenes and portraits in a formal, conservative style that was strongly influenced by her teacher John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) who also encouraged her to travel around France, Holland and Italy. Major commissions during the First World War included Care of Wounded Soldiers at Cardiff Royal Infirmary during the Great War (1916) and David Lloyd George Unveiling the Historical Sculpture in City Hall Cardiff (1918). She moved permanently to London in the 1920s and became a popular society portrait painter, including Royal family members such as Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II among her sitters. She also depicted e.g. American president Warren Harding and industrialist Henry Ford.

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

Lady Owen Evans OP112 Oil Paintings

Sir D. Owen Evans MP Honorary Treasurer of the College 1937-1945 OP111 Oil Paintings