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Portrait Pres Welsh Rugby Union John Talbot Dilwyn-Llewellyn
  • Portrait Pres Welsh Rugby Union John Talbot Dilwyn-Llewellyn
  • Portrait Pres Welsh Rugby Union John Talbot Dilwyn-Llewellyn
  • Portrait Pres Welsh Rugby Union John Talbot Dilwyn-Llewellyn
  • Portrait Pres Welsh Rugby Union John Talbot Dilwyn-Llewellyn
  • Portrait Pres Welsh Rugby Union John Talbot Dilwyn-Llewellyn
  • Portrait Pres Welsh Rugby Union John Talbot Dilwyn-Llewellyn
  • Portrait Pres Welsh Rugby Union John Talbot Dilwyn-Llewellyn
  • Portrait Pres Welsh Rugby Union John Talbot Dilwyn-Llewellyn
  • Portrait Pres Welsh Rugby Union John Talbot Dilwyn-Llewellyn

Portrait Pres Welsh Rugby Union John Talbot Dilwyn-Llewellyn

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This impressive painting of Sir John Talbot Dilwyn-Llewellyn (1836-1927) was painted by John Ernest Breun in 1894, just a year after the Welsh rugby team had won its first Home Nations.

The sitter is best remembered as a notable patron of Welsh Rugby in its formative years. He was the third president of the Welsh Rugby Union, a post he held from 1885 to 1906. By contrast, the two previous presidents served just four years between them. Under his stewardship, Welsh Rugby would take a more professional direction and his successor Horace Lyne would say of him that ‘they (the WRU) had been singularly fortunate in getting a gentleman like Mr J.T.D. Llewellyn to act in that captaincy.'

He was also a prominent figure in Neath Rugby Football Club, the oldest rugby club in Wales and the first president of Swansea RFC. He captained the South Wales Cricket Club on numerous occasions and was a founding member of Glamorgan Cricket Club.

The second son of John Needham Breun, Duc de Vitry, John Ernest Breun (1862-1921) spent his early life in London, where he was a student at the Royal College of Art in south Kensington. He exhibited frequently during this time: at the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; 26 times at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; 13 times at the Royal Academy; 70 times at the Royal Society of British Artists; 4 times at the Royal Hibernian Academy; 7 times at the Royal Institute and 16 times at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

In 1883, he finished a large canvas of Queen Victoria, who was then nearing the end of her life. His 1889 portrait of the soldier, antiquarian and swordsman Alfred Hutton won a gold medal at the Paris Salon in 1892. He maintained his London studio in 4 Greek street, near to Soho Square.

Though leaving little in the way of legacy, Ernest Breun can be remembered as an able painter, who worked with a leisurely precision. He is at his best with historical paintings and two of his more interesting, ‘Cold Steel’ and ‘Foreign Dispatches’, depict men with rapiers. Like much of the art of late Victorian era, they seem to idealise a distant point in English History, before the enlightenment, before the ‘satanic mills’; a craving for a more poetic age at odds with the scientific ugliness of the time.

Shielded from the economic pressures that cause an artist to be prolific, Ernest Breun would paint sparingly. For the last five years of his life he seems to have stopped altogether. Much of his work remains in the stately homes from where they were commissioned. Others can be found in various Museums around the country.

Size of Frame: 99 x 134.5cm (39” x 53”)
Size of Canvas: 91.4 x 127cm (36” x 50”)
Weight: 7.4kg

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