#MuseumFromHome – Day 215

Posted by Tenby Museum on Nov 9, 2020 Blog No Comments

Day 215 of our #MuseumFromHome project and today we look at a selection of watercolour sketches by John Walter Richards.

Richards was born at Birkenhead in 1863 and worked as a solicitor’s clerk while living with his parents in Tranmere. By 1891 the family had moved to West Kirby and Richards was working as a solicitor. Following the death of is father Richards, together with his mother, moved initially to Aberdovey and later to Old Colwyn. The 1901 and 1911 census records him as a ‘retired solicitor’. His house in Old Colwyn was called ‘Penally’.

In 1915 he married Anne Owen from Anglesey and settled there. He died on 30 October 1939 and is buried at Gwalchmai, Anglesey.

He was a gifted amateur artist with a flair for caricature. The sketchbook, which the museum acquired in 2014, is dated 1912 and includes numerous illustrations of military personnel at Penally and Pembroke Dock as well as several sketches of maritime activities at Tenby.

During is lifetime he featured several of is caricatures on greetings cards, which he sent to friends and neighbours. He also painted landscapes and portrait sketches of personalities and local people. Sadly the bulk of his work was lost following his death.