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ROOS , WILLIAM ( 1808 - 1878 ), portrait painter and engraver ,

the son of Thomas and Mary Roose , Bodgadfa , Amlwch , he was christened at Amlwch 30 April 1808 . His paintings of ‘ The Death of Owen Glyndwr ’ and ‘ The Death of Captan [ sic ] Wynn at Alma ’ were awarded second place at the national eisteddfod held at Llangollen in 1858 . He was a popular portrait painter and the N.L.W. holds his portraits in oils of Christmas Evans , John Cox , Thomas Charles , John Jones ( Talhaiarn ) , and R. W. Price ( Rhiwlas ) , in addition to several mezzotints and lithograph portraits by him. He offered his portrait of Christmas Evans to William Roberts ( Nefydd , q.v.) in 1870 for £2, unframed. He d. at Amlwch 4 July 1878 .


  • T. M. Rees , Welsh painters, engravers and sculptors, 1527–1911 (1912) ;
  • NLW MS 7165, etc.


Megan Ellis, (1906-2001), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959