GRIFFITHS, John

GRIFFITHS, John. Llanfair Coereinion, Mont. 29.11.1837 — Norton, Sherborne 1.12.1918. British (Welsh) Artist in India. Son of Evan Gr. and Mary Evans. Educated at Royal College of Arts, then served in South Kensington Museum. From 1865 Professor at Bombay School of Art, later its Principal. In India he supervised the decoration of many new public buildings. In 1872-85 he was employed by the government to copy the Ajanta paintings to make up those by —> Gill, which were perished in fire. These, deposited in South Kensington Museum, too, perished later, but have been published. Later on, he was Principal of Mayo School of Art and Museum Curator in Lahore. He retired in 1895 and settled down in Wales, but moved later to Norton. Married Linette Davis, two daughters.

Sources: *Br. Llewellyn, Burlington Magazine 122, No. 926, 1980, 368-371; Dictionary of Welsh Biography in Br. Biogtr. Arch. 2nd Series; Wikipedia with portrait.

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