Christopher Williams (probably Barmouth but I could be wrong)
Jannicke “Kicking the Bar”
In the morning we took a walk along the promenade to “Kick the Bar”, which is apparently the done thing. That took us to the end of town with Britain’s longest vernicular railway (which isn’t very long at all) but made up for missing the train up Snaefell in the Isle of Man. At the top of Constitution Hill is the world’s largest Camera Obscura which also isn’t very large at all. It provides views marginally less spectacular than just walking out on the balcony and just having a look. Never mind it was fun.
We then took a walk up to the National Library of Wales. When we arrived they asked us if we had come for “The Opening”. Err “Yes?”. We were shown into a room packed with well dressed and very respectacle people listening to a talk about Christopher Williams. To begin with I didn’t even know if he was a painter but gradually all became clear. I really enjoy talks on almost anything and I also like exhibitions that I can get around without being overwhelmed. I can’t rember his dates but 1875 until 1940 might be a good stab. The exhibition is well worth the visit. His range of styles was huge, varying from formal portraits (Lloyd George was a huge fan) to these rather whacky landscapeswhich he did mainly for his own pleasure. He painted many religious and classical paintings too. If you don’t like one, just move along! I liked his landscapes the best.