Boxing Day Plunge, 2001

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The first Boxing Day Swim at Tenby took place in 1971. This was not a charity event as it is currently, but an inspiration of John Evans, publicity officer, to help advertise the virtues of Tenby. That year just a handful of swimmers took the plunge but since that time it has developed into a well-attended and notable event, raising funds for local causes. This event was an ideal subject for Claudia Williams’ painting style. She has stated that 'This [paintings incorporating figures] is the sort of painting that I enjoy the most. It is the human figure that fascinates me and has always done so even as a young child.' The museum also has an oil painting in its collection by Claudia’s husband, well known Welsh artist Gwilym Prichard. Both artists generously donated their works to the museum.

Tenby Museum & Art Gallery



Boxing Day Plunge, 2001




oil on canvas


H 89 x W 107 cm

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gift from the artist, 2005

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1) Claudia Williams 2) Boxing Day Plunge 2001 Claudia Williams (at Tenby 2002)


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