Statue of Daniel Owen
Full figure statue of Daniel Owen in an informal stance wearing a frock coat, hat and holding book (Rhys Lewis) with bookmark in right hand. Statue on moulded limestone and sandstone pedestal upon a modern, stepped, brick plinth.
Daniel Owen (1836-1895) was the first and most prominent novelist in the Welsh language. He was the youngest of six children, his father and two brothers were killed in a disaster at Argoed pit in 1837. Despite a difficult and impoverished childhood he successfully took part in local literary competitions. He was apprenticed in a tailor's workshop at the age of twelve. In 1865 he entered Bala Theological College but returned to Mold before completing his studies in order to take care of his family. He opened a tailor's and draper's shop but ill-health cut short his preaching. He continued to write and published four novels, many short stories, character sketches and sermons. His book 'Hanangofiant Rhys Lewis' is said to be the first modern novel in the Welsh language.
Letters incised and painted black on front of pedestal: DANIEL OWEN / GANWYD HYDREF 20 1836. / BU FARW HYDREF 22 1895. / NID IR DOETH A'R DEALLUS YR / YSGRIFENAIS OND I'R DYN CYFFREDIN
Inscription on right hand side of pedestal: DANIEL OWEN / BORN OCTR 20 1836. / DIED OCTR 22 1895. / NOT FOR THE WISE AND LEARNED / HAVE I WRITTEN BUT FOR THE / COMMON PEOPLE.
Inscription on rear of pedestal: ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
Inscription on left hand side of pedestal: DANIEL OWEN / NATUS A.D. X11I KAL. NOV. / ANNO SALUTIS MDCCCXXXVI. / OBIIT A.D. XI. KAL. NOV. / ANNO SALUTIS MDCCCXCV. / NEQVE SAPIENTIBUS NEQVE ERUDITIS / SED POPULO SCRIPSI.
Related works : See FLINT005 (Daniel Owen Commemorative Stone)
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