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Edwards undertook commissions for monuments and busts for many members of the leading South Wales families, and his work remains today in many churches and cemeteries in Wales , in Westminster Abbey , in Merthyr town hall, and elsewhere. He executed busts of members of the Beaufort , Guest , Raglan , and Crawshay families, and of such well-known Welsh people as Taliesin ap Iolo , Thomas Stephens , G. T. Clark , William Williams ( M.P. for Coventry ) , and Edith Wynne . In 1859 the widow of George Virtue , proprietor of the Art Journal , commissioned a bust of her husband and a monument to his memory. In 1880 he was asked to design the ‘ Cymmrodorion Medal .’ Between 1838 and 1878 Joseph Edwards exhibited seventy of his works at the exhibitions of the Royal Academy of Arts . Finding himself in straitened circumstances, he was encouraged by G. F. Watts in 1881 to apply for the Turner bequest of £50 per annum, but shortly after receiving the first instalment, Joseph Edwards d., 9 Jan. 1882 , and was buried in Highgate cemetery.
Megan Ellis, (1906-2001), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959