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Bringing Art to Wales: The Davies Sisters

Trevor Fishlock explores how two sisters from Wales, Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, created one of the great British art collections of the 20th century. They embraced Impressionist and post-Impressionist art long before it became fashionable and left their remarkable collection to the nation.

The money came from the coalfields of South Wales, making the sisters two of the richest women in the world. During the First World War they worked as volunteers in a soup kitchen just behind the front line. All their lives, they never gave up on their desire to turn their home at Gregynog into the beating artistic and cultural heart of Wales.


The Davies sisters embrace controversial Impressionist art, beginning with the work of Claude Monet, but their collecting continues to reflect their unique characters and tastes.

A Daring Purchase

Trevor Fishlock explores the Davies sisters’ daring purchase of a controversial painting by Whistler and reveals the cost of their early art collecting.

  • Client: BBC TWO WALES
  • Year: 2014
  • Genre: Factual, Arts
  • Director: Molly-Anna Woods
  • Producer: Molly-Anna Woods
  • Presenter: Trevor Fishlock
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