Mair Mynorydd (Mary Davies)

Image credit: Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery

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London-born Mary Davies adopted the Welsh name Mynorydd from the pseudonym her father William Davies used as a sculptor and musician. Mair studied at the Royal Academy of Music and became a leading oratorio and ballad singer of her day, appearing in first performances of works by the composer Hector Berlioz in London and Manchester. She taught music and became an examiner for both the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music. She was the first president of the Welsh Folk Song Society, formed in 1906, and vice-president of the Welsh Bibliographical Society. Her husband, William Cadwaladr Davies, was the first Registrar of Bangor University. The artist James Cadenhead came from Aberdeen and studied in Edinburgh and in Paris under Carolus-Duran.




Mair Mynorydd (Mary Davies)




oil on canvas


H 90 x W 61 cm

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gift, 1955; on loan from Bangor University

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