Journeys between Art & Life: Richard Glynn Vivian (1835-1910)
Glynn Vivian Exhibition
Rooms 4 - 7
Richard Glynn Vivian was the original founder of our Gallery in Swansea. Born at Singleton Abbey, Glynn was the fourth son of the wealthy Vivian family, owners of the most successful copper smelting plant in the world in the 19th century.
Glynn left his entire art collection for 'the enjoyment of the people of Swansea' in 1908, and the Gallery opened in 1911, a year after his death.
Glynn Vivian collected throughout his life, travelling extensively around the world by steamboat and by train, acquiring objects and art works from every country that he visited. Journeys between Art & Life presents his collection and celebrates his life for the first time in over 100 years.
The Richard Glynn Vivian displays are accompanied by a new digital multimedia guide.
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The project is generously supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Image: R.E. Pfeninger, Portrait of Richard Glynn Vivian, 1882, Oil on canvas, City & County of Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection