The artists Gwendolen and Edith Massey were members of Anglesey’s aristocratic and equestrian hunting class.
Between them they could produce outstanding flower studies and give detailed botanical information. Gwendolen was the artist and Edith, her sister, gathered the flower specimens and helped with the overall presentation of the collection.
They achieved this without any apparent formal training. The 506 studies, depicting wild flowers that still flourish in many areas of Anglesey, make this a truly unique collection. The sisters lavished much attention on the flower paintings, researching and annotating studies in Welsh, English and Latin.
The collection of their paintings has attracted much praise from visitors and professional artists who view their work at Oriel Ynys Môn, commenting on its quality and lifelike form.
This important part of Anglesey’s cultural heritage was almost lost, but fortune prevailed and the sisters’ collection has survived for all to see.