This oil on canvas of a scene in Betws-y-Coed, where there was a thriving artists’ colony, was painted by Thomas Creswick R.A. 1811-1869. Born in Sheffield he was a landscape artist, book illustrator, etcher and draughtsman.

Many paintings were done in Wales and the North of England. He is known to have collaborated with artist friends such as Ansdell and Frith, both of whom are represented in the Lytham St Annes Art Collection. They often introduced figures, cattle and sheep into his landscapes.

The painting was donated by Wykeham Parry, born on the Fylde in 1882 and educated at Arnold School, Blackpool.

He became a solicitor and Commissioner of Oaths but was struck off ignominiously in 1943. He died in 1946. For more details go to the online catalogue