Mural of the Battle of Hyddgen, by Murray Urquhart Click for a larger image
One of the most important features of the Parliament House is a mural by the Scottish artist Murray McNeel Caird Urquhart (1880-1972) showing scenes from the life of Owain Glyndŵr.
Detail of the Urquhart mural after cleaning Click for a larger image
This mural was the only large mural in a public building in Wales before the First World War. It comprises a series of 4 large panels depicting scenes in the life of Owain, in particular the Battle of Hyddgen, fought on the slopes of nearby Pumlumon in June 1401. The mural was painted by Urquhart between 1912 and 1914. Urquhart trained in Edinburgh, London and Paris. It is not known why he was commissioned to create the mural, but it is possible that the Davies sisters, Gwendolen and Margaret, may have been involved.
It seems that Sir O.M.Edwards may also have had some involvement in the work. In a letter to him, Urquhart describes some of the work: "I have now represented Glyndŵr leading on a crowd of his soldiers, most of them roughly dressed as peasants would be. This seems to me to suggest what you impressed upon me - that he was the leader and hero of the common people."
Cath Haslam working on the mural Click for a larger image
Thanks to a grant from CADW in 2010, the mural was restored by Cath Haslam, and can now be seen again in the way that was originally intended.
The Centre is sponsored by CADW and the Welsh Assembly Government