National Library of Wales

John Griffiths (Bombay) Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 JOHBAY

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: John Griffiths (Bombay) Papers

Short title: Griffiths, John, of Bombay, Papers

Dates of creation: 1864-1904

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 1 volume

Name of creator(s): John Griffiths


Administrative and biographical history: John Griffiths (1837-1918) was an artist and Principal of the Bombay School of Art. He was born in Llanfair Caereinion, Montgomeryshire, on 29 November 1837. He was trained at what is now the Royal College of Art. In 1865 he became Professor of Art, and later Principal, at the Bombay School of Art. He was called on by the Colonial Service to design the decoration of many of Bombay's new public buildings, and he used his students to record frescoes in the Buddhist cave-temples at Ajanta, published in 1896-1897. He retired in 1895, returning to live in Montgomeryshire, later moving to Sherborne, Dorset. He was married with two daughters, and died in Sherborne on 1 December 1918.


Scope and content: Letters, 1864-1905, mainly from various colonial administrators and officials in India and London and from artists; miscellaneous papers, 1870-1904, including an account of a tiger shoot, 1883; and medals awarded to John Griffiths or commemorating various exhibitions, 1873-1885.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Held as NLW MS 15331C, arranged into the following: letters to John Griffiths; papers; and medals.

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 regulations apply.

Finding aids: The catalogue is available online. A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales in 'List of NLW MSS 13686-16048' (unpublished), as is a copy of a superseded but more detailed catalogue.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by his daughter, Mrs H. M. Groves, Yetminster, Sherborne, Dorset, 1950.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, A list of letters, papers and medals relating to John Griffiths; NLW, Annual Report 1949-50; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: November 2003



Artists | India | Bombay

Artists | Wales

Griffiths, John, | 1837-1918 | Correspondence

Personal names

Griffiths, John, 1837-1918

Corporate names

Sir J.J. School of Art