National Library of Wales

Samuel Maurice Jones Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 SAMAJO

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Title: Samuel Maurice Jones Papers

Short title: Jones, Samuel Maurice, papers

Dates of creation: 1866-1939

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.009 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): Samuel Maurice Jones


Administrative and biographical history: Samuel Maurice Jones (1853-1932) was a landscape painter, who exhibited in many of the major art galleries, and was an early product of public art education in Wales.
He was born at Mochdre in Denbighshire, the fourth child of the Rev. John Jones, Calvinistic Methodist minister, and Hannah, his wife. He trained under John Cambrian Rowland at the Caernarfon School of Art, before proceeding to London, where he studied from 1870 to 1873 under William Collingwood, Associate of the Society of Painters in Watercolours. He was a founding member of the Royal Cambrian Academy, and, in 1882, he became the first Welsh-born Academician to be granted an Associate Membership. He was prominent in launching a campaign in the Welsh language on behalf of visual culture, a campaign which remained close to his heart throughout his life.
Samuel Maurice Jones died in Llandudno in 1932.


Scope and content: Papers, 1866-1939, of the artist Samuel Maurice Jones (1853-1932), including notebooks, letters, lectures and addresses, family genealogical data, newspaper cuttings and other miscellaneous papers; together with letters written to his father, the Rev. John Jones (1820-1886), and a notebook belonging to his brother, John Maurice Jones (1845-1869).


Language/script: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged at NLW in three series: notebooks, 1870-1931; letters, 1887-1933; lectures and addresses, 1907-1930; and five files: genealogical papers, 1892-1939; newspaper cuttings, 1881-1933; miscellaneous papers, 1891-1932; letters to the Rev. John Jones, 1866-1869; and notebook of J. M. Jones, 1868-1869.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the list is available at NLW.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All papers donated to NLW have been retained.

Accruals: No further papers expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Mr J. Maurice Jones, Birkenhead, son of Samuel Maurice Jones, May 1967.


Related units of description: Sketch books and photographs have been transferred to NLW, Special Collections DV100-104.


Note: The fonds includes papers dated after Samuel Maurice Jones's death, including a newspaper cutting of his obituary, a letter of condolence to J. Maurice Jones on the death of his father, and an in memoriam card of the Rev. Ezra Jones, Samuel Maurice Jones's brother.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhiannon Michaelson-Yeates.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Grant M. Waters, Dictionary of British Artists working 1900-1950 (Eastbourne Fine Art, 1975) and Peter Lord, The Betws-y-coed Artists' Colony 1844-1914 (The National Library of Wales, 1998).

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of description: April 2003



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Jones, Samuel Maurice, 1853-1932

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