Like Samuel Palmer at Shoreham, John Minton in Kent or Graham Sutherland in Pembrokeshire, John Elwyn, one of Wales’ most distinguished artists, found inspiration in a familiar environment. He shared with these painters the ability to transcend exact topography, to transform nature and convey 'the spirit of place'. In this book Robert Meyrick examines the work and career of an artist whose idealised and peaceful vision of the Welsh countryside reflects the quieter strain of Neo-Romanticism in British landscape painting. John Elwyn consistently drew upon his experience of rural life in his native south Cardiganshire, inspired by his feeling towards the Welsh landscape, its people, their language and long established social traditions. These have been the raw material of the Welsh Bardic tradition from the medieval poets to Dylan Thomas, whose work also drew upon a nostalgic perception of the landscape experienced during a childhood in Wales.