ABOUT THE ARTIST
Robert Alwyn Hughes was born at Dowlais Top, Dowlais, May 1935. His father was an overman at the Bedlinog Colliery and an avid reader of the Welsh classics. He studied at Newport College of Art 1953-57, Leicester College of Art 1957-58 and Royal College of Art 1958-61. Robert Alwyn Hughes has exhibited internationally and his work is in numerous public collections.
ABOUT THE WORK
The work depicts some of the wonderful sights that can be seen from historic Cyfarthfa Castle at the northern edge of Merthyr Tydfil following the new trail through the Taf Fechan valley with Pen-y-Fan, the highest point in south Wales, dominating the background.
ABOUT THE AREA
The 'Ironmaster' William Crawshay commissioned Cyfarthfa Castle in 1824. This grand castellated mansion overlooked his immensely successful ironworks and has been called, "the most impressive monument of the Industrial Iron Age in South Wales".
The museum houses the first steam whistle, the first voting ballot box and dresses by Laura Ashley and Julien McDonald. The surroundings, Cyfarthfa Castle, home to William Crawshay II and family, serve as a reminder to the Ironmasters dominance over the town and the wealth the iron industry brought to the area.
Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil
Castell Cyfarthfa, Merthyr Tudful