Winifred Coombe Tennant (1874–1956) was the most influential patron of young Welsh artists in her period. She was also an extraordinary individual in other ways – an important psychic medium, who was studied over many years by the Society for Psychical Research; a feminist; a suffragist; and a Liberal politician, passionate in her support for Irish and Welsh home rule.


Peter Lord is an art historian, the author of The Tradition: a New History of Welsh Art, 1400–1990. He has published two books about the subject of this talk: Winifred Coombe Tennant. A Life through Art (Aberystwyth, 2007) and Between Two Worlds. The Diary of Winifred Coombe Tennant 1909–1924 (Aberystwyth, 2011). His most recent volume, Looking Out: Welsh Painting, Social Class and International Context was published by Parthian in 2020.