Lord Rhys 1132-1197
Kingdom: Y Deheubarth
His full name was Rhys ap Gruffudd.
Rhys was Prince of Deheubarth and appointed by the English king as Chief Justice of South Wales - the only Welsh Prince to be given such a title by an English king Lord Rhys organised the first Eisteddfod held in Cardigan Castle in 1176 – similar festivals held in France may have inspired him.
Rhys sponsored the Order of Cisterian Monks which led the way for many other Welsh princes and has resulted in the magnificent Abbey ruins seen today in such places as Strata Florida.
Pure yellow pigment on gesso and hessian
183 x 285cm
Photography: Marian Delyth