Lasting Impressions

From Planet 250

by Helena Anderson

Helena Anderson reviews the National Library’s striking exhibition of prints collected by the Davies sisters of Gregynog and those later commissioned by Gregynog Press, and looks forward to a National Contemporary Art Gallery for Wales.

It is rare to have the chance to see works by Dürer, Rembrandt, Whistler and other heavyweights of European art history together in one room, outside of the largest ‘encyclopaedic’ museums. Lasting Impressions: Gregynog Prints, at the National Library of Wales, provides just such an opportunity. By showcasing a selection of prints from the collection of Gwendoline and Margaret Davies for the first time in nearly thirty years, the exhibition presents a more obscure side to these important Welsh collectors.

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About the author

Helena Anderson is an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership student with the University of Bristol and Amgueddfa Cymru-Museum Wales, researching Gwen John’s works on paper through theories of visual and linguistic translation. Originally from the US, she is now based in Aberystwyth.