A collection of four paintings by renowned Welsh artist Margaret Lindsay Williams has been discovered at Dyffryn House and Gardens.
Margaret Lindsay Williams (1888–1960) was a Welsh artist who was commissioned to paint portraits of royalty and American presidents.
For some years, from the age of 9, she lived in 9 Windsor Road in Barry, where a Blue Plaque was placed by Pride in Barry in 2009. Her funeral took place in Windsor Road Congregational Church and she is buried in Barry Cemetery.
The unexpected nature of the discovery is an exciting development but unfortunately, Dyffryn Gardens does not have the funds to restore the work so are looking to fundraise to restore all 4 paintings.
The most notable of the paintings is ‘The Imprisoned Soul’, was found tucked away and leaning against a wall in the White Library. It is oil on canvas, signed and dated Margaret Lindsay Williams 1920 and measures approx. 5 x 6 feet but no longer has its frame.
The other three paintings were discovered in a back room behind the kitchen. They are also oil on canvas but are perhaps designed as part of an interior decoration scheme rather than as individual paintings.
Margaret Lindsay Williams was a highly successful and well regarded Welsh artist. She was commissioned to paint members of the Royal Family such as King George V, Queen Mary, Queen Alexandria, The Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1921 she painted the American President Warren G Harding, and became the first female artist represented in Washington, D.C.’s National Portrait Gallery of Presidents.
Other notable sitters for her portraits include Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company and British Prime Minister David Lloyd George.
All four paintings have been moved to safe and condition controlled storage and are in a dire condition with holes, tears and punctures to every piece.
Dyffryn Gardens hopes donations from members of the public will help to restore them for future generations to enjoy.
Find out more about the paintings and how you can help save them via https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/appeal/save-dyffryn-gardens-fragile-paintings