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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Edward Lhuyd Memorial

Summary

Type Sculpture

     Bronze bust of Edward Lhuyd on limestone plinth. The basic design of the bust was based on the sole surviving portrait of Lhuyd from the Donation book of the Old Ashmolean Museum.
     It was felt that a memorial in his native land was long overdue to Edward Lhuyd, the most eminent Welsh and Celtic scholar of his day, hence the commission from Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd/Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies.
     Edward Lhuyd (1660 - 1709) was the son of Bridget Pryse of Glanffraid, north Ceredigion. He was an eminent scientist, philologist and archaeologist. He was Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He visited all the countries where Celtic languages were spoken and his volume, Archaeologia Britannica (1707) is a pioneering work in the history of comparative philology. He was the first great Welsh archaeologist and occupies an eminent place in the history of the field archaeology of pre-Roman Britain and the Celtic regions of Europe. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1708.

Inscriptions

Incised on front of plinth: EDWARD / LHUYD / 1660 - 1709 / IEITHYDD / HYNAFIAETHYDD / NATURIAETHWR

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Rees, Ieuan Letter carver
Morris, John Meirion Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Bust Bronze 2ft. 6ins. High
Plinth Hopton Wood limestone 48" x 22" x 15"

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
CERED019 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • None
Road None
Precise location Outside the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, next to the National Library of Wales
A-Z ref None
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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 2001
Unveiling details Unveiled 9th June 2001 by Dafydd Wigley MP, AM
Commissioned by Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd/Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies
Duty of care Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd/Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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