Fonds GB 0210 KYFFINW - Kyffin Williams Archive

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Cod cyfeirnod



Kyffin Williams Archive


  • 1716-[2008] (Creation)

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Maint a chyfrwng

Extent: 0.537 cubic metres (53 boxes, 6 outsize wallets and boxes)
Extent: 23 photo albums.

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Hanes bywgraffyddol

Kyffin Williams, artist, was born in Llangefni, Anglesey, 9 May 1918. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and articled to the land agents, Yale and Hardcastle, Pwllheli, 1936-1939. He served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers from 1937 to 1941, but on failing an army medical examination because of his epilepsy he was advised to take up art by his doctor. Hence in 1941 he entered the Slade School of Fine Art, and from 1944 to 1973 was Senior Art Master at Highgate School in London. In 1968 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to record the Welsh community in Patagonia.

He was elected President of the Royal Cambrian Academy from 1969 to 1976 and again from 1992; an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1970, and a Royal Academician in 1974. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the University Colleges of Swansea (1989), Bangor (1991) and Aberystwyth (1992). In 1973 he was made an Honorary MA and in 1993 an Honorary Doctor of Letters of the University of Wales. Other honours bestowed on him were the OBE (1982), the Cymmrodorion Medal (1991), and a KBE (2000).

Exhibitions of his work have been held at the following London Galleries: Colnaghi's, the Leicester Galleries, Thackeray Gallery; also the Howard Roberts and Albany Galleries, Cardiff; Tegfryn Gallery, Menai Bridge; and other provincial venues.

His work is found in the collections of the Arts Council of Great Britain, National Museum of Wales, National Library of Wales, Welsh Arts Council, Royal Academy, Contemporary Art Society, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, art galleries of Newport, Swansea, Hereford, Coventry, the Chantrey Bequest and very many private collections. A major retrospective exhibition was staged at the National Museum of Wales in 1987.

Kyffin Williams's autobiography, Across the Straits, was published in 1973, and his second autobiographical volume, A Wider Sky, in 1991. Other works include Boyo Ballads (1995), Portraits (1996), The land and the sea (1998), Drawings (2001), Cutting images (2002), and Gwladfa Kyffin / Kyffin in Patagonia (2004). Since 1974 he lived and worked at Pwllfanogl on the edge of the Menai Straits below Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, Anglesey. He died in September 2006.

Hanes archifol


Sir Kyffin Williams; Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll; Donation; November 1985; A1985/152.

Sir Kyffin Williams; Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll; Donation; March 1996; A1996/33.

Sir Kyffin Williams; Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll; Donation; September 1999; A1999/107.

Sir Kyffin Williams; Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll; Donation; August 2000; A2000/52.

Sir Kyffin Williams per Paul Joyner, NLW; Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll; Donation; May 2004; 0200405301.

Sir Kyffin Williams per Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan, NLW; Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll; Donation; September 2004; 0200410991.

Sir Kyffin Williams per Rian Evans; Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll; Donation; December 2005; 0200600046.

Sir Kyffin Williams; Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll; Bequest; September 2006

Ardal cynnwys a strwythur

Natur a chynnwys

Papers of Sir Kyffin Williams, 1716-[2008], including correspondence, 1923-2006; diaries and journals, 1939-2006; catalogues of, and papers regarding, solo and group exhibitions, 1950-2006; drafts of books and articles by Kyffin Williams, [?1965]-[?2004]; works about him, 1953-[2008]; financial papers, 1939-2005; personal papers, 1931-2006; together with papers relating to various family members, 1716-2006, and papers accumulated by the artist, 1796-2007.

Kyffin Williams photographs include personal and professional, family, Welsh views, artworks and views abroad, most notably Patagonia.

Gwerthuso, dinistrio ac amserlennu

Printed material has been transferred to Bangor University, and duplicate printed items have been transferred to Oriel Ynys Môn. Some information has been redacted under exemption s40, Freedom of Information Act 2000: see file level description..


Accruals are not expected.

System o drefniant

Arranged at NLW in four groups: professional and personal papers, family papers, accumulated papers and photographs.

Ardal amodau mynediad a defnydd

Amodau rheoli mynediad

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets. See also the special conditions regarding access to the journals (series A2)

Amodau rheoli atgynhyrchu

Usual copyright laws apply.

Iaith y deunydd

  • Saesneg
  • Cymraeg

Sgript o ddeunydd

Nodiadau iaith a sgript

English mainly; some Welsh.

Cyflwr ac anghenion technegol

Cymhorthion chwilio

Cymorth chwilio

Ardal deunyddiau perthynol

Bodolaeth a lleoliad y gwreiddiol

Bodolaeth a lleoliad copïau

Unedau o ddisgrifiad cysylltiedig

Paintings and drawings by Kyffin Williams are held at NLW.

Disgrifiadau cysylltiedig

Ardal nodiadau


Title supplied from contents of fonds.


Papers accumulated by Kyffin Williams's ancestors pre-date his birth, and items relating to the artist post-date his death.

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Pwyntiau mynediad

Pwyntiau mynediad pwnc

Pwyntiau mynediad lleoedd

Pwyntiau mynediad Genre

Ardal rheolaeth disgrifiad

Dynodwr disgrifiad

Dynodwr sefydliad

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rheolau a/neu confensiynau a ddefnyddiwyd

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; LCSH; LCTGM; and GMGPC


Lefel manylder disgrifiad

Dyddiadau creadigaeth adolygiad dilead

December 2009.


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Nodyn yr archifydd

Compiled by Siân Bowyer and William Troughton.

Nodyn yr archifydd

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Across the Straits; A wider sky; items within the Kyffin Williams archive;

Ardal derbyn

Pynciau cysylltiedig

Pobl a sefydliadau cysylltiedig

Genres cysylltiedig

Lleoedd cysylltiedig

Storfa ffisegol

  • Text: Kyffin Williams Papers.