News & Events


Views of Ludlow

Thursday, 25th May 2017

2-27 June, 2017. Views of Ludlow Exhibition.
Original oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and etchings of Ludlow. This exhibition includes some rare and historically important views of the town, ranging from T. Vick's detailed view of the castle of circa 1770, to a number of attractive mid-20th century views. Most of the pictures are priced under £1000. The exhibition is featured on the Ludlow Festival Art Trail Map. All welcome - anyone who loves Ludlow will enjoy this show.

Anniversary Exhibition and Catalogue -1991/2016

Monday, 28th November 2016

I officially started dealing in Welsh Art in 1991 and am marking my first 25 years with a small exhibition of new stock, starting on Saturday 3 December and running until Christmas Eve. Accompanying the exhibition is a substantial 80-page catalogue divided into two parts - part 1 comprises the new stock spanning the period 1710-1940 (including paintings by Thomas Jones of Pencerrig, Evan Walters and Archie Rees Griffiths). Central to this section is a recently re-discovered collection of views of Hafod, dating from the 1830's. Hafod is one of the most celebrated country houses in Wales and the paintings are an important find.

Part 2 consists of an essay looking back over this period as a dealer and at how the market for Welsh art has grown and developed. I have chosen one picture or object for each year from 1991-2016 and illustrated it with notes on why the item is interesting/important, as well as the circumstances in which it was found.

The catalogue will be sent out free to many of my Welsh Art clients, both private and trade. Additional copies can be purchased from the gallery for £8 (plus £2 p&p if posted). Any unsold pictures from the catalogue are now being posted on this website.

The catalogue marks a major milestone in my career and I am delighted to have had the ideal opportunity to put on public record some of the many fascinating Welsh pictures which have passed through my hands over this long period. I am also very pleased with the small selection of new stock which contains some real quality and real surprises. Prices begin under £100. Do please come to Ludlow to see them if you can.

New History of Welsh Art published

Tuesday, 29th March 2016

The first comprehensive single-volume History of Welsh Art, called 'The Tradition', has now been published. Covering the years 1400-1990, the very substantial and beautifully produced work is written by Wales's foremost art historian Peter Lord and is packed with colour illustrations, many of previously unpublished paintings.

This is a very significant milestone in the history of the visual culture of Wales and one which represents a coming-together of over 25 years of diligent research by the author. It is highly recommended to all those with an interest in the art and history of the Welsh people.

Very reasonably priced at £35, a limited number of copies are available from the gallery. It is widely available at all good bookshops or direct from the publishers Parthian Press - for details please
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Welsh Art discoveries

Wednesday, 3rd February 2016

Over the course of the last year, I have made several important and exciting discoveries in the field of historical Welsh paintings. These include a monumental view of Llanberis Pass by Hugh Hughes (1847), Richard Wilson's earliest extant professional portrait (1738), an exceptionally early and detailed birds-eye view of Caernarfon (c. 1730) and the Monmouthshire artist Thomas Tudor's only known oil portrait (1819). Images of these, together with basic details, appear on the FINDS section on this website. Detailed information is available on all of them, upon request.

Lastest discovery - an important oil portrait by William Parry A.R.A - entirely unknown and the first to emerge since I wrote the biography of the painter in 2008. This will also appear in the FINDS section when sold.

EXHIBITION - Ludlow & South Shropshire

Wednesday, 27th May 2015

From Friday 12 June the gallery will be staging a selling exhibition of original paintings and drawings of Ludlow and South Shropshire. These mostly date between 1830 and 1930 and range from a large and dramatic mid-19thc prospect of the town from the north-west, in oils, to a small pen and ink view looking over the Linney from the north, drawn around 1831. In addition to depictions of the town itself, there are also paintings of various local villages and landmarks by the highly accomplished F. M Finch of Craven Arms who was painting between the 1930's and 1970's.

The exhibition also features examples of the work of two of the most celebrated artists living in the town in the first half of the 19th century - a very fine portrait miniature of 1820 by William Gwynn of Corve Street, and a highly accomplished oil painting of Abergavenny by William Ward Gill who lived in the Linney. One of the more unusual pictures is a silhouette of the Rev. Richard Baugh, Rector of Ludlow in the Regency period.

Prices of exhibits range from £100 to £5000. These are not on the gallery website but a list is available and images/details of specific items will be sent upon request. Please note that nothing will be sold until the exhibition opens but previews may be possible by prior arrangement.

Everyone is warmly welcomed to come and see some fascinating historic views of the town and district. Please note that the exhibition runs at the same time as the Ludlow Fringe Arts Festival which promises a fantastic schedule of events. For further information please click here.

The exhibition will run until Saturday 11th July.

Miles Wynn Cato, 137 Corve St, Ludlow SY8 2PG. Telephone: 01584 874097  Mobile: 07766 460127.