1927 - 2013
Cardiff Docks

Oil on canvas, signed bottom left
Image size: 20 x 16 inches (51 x 40.5 cm)
Contemporary frame


Please scroll down for more information.

This atmospheric industrial view of Cardiff Docks features an enormous transport ship moored at the quayside. The viewer’s eyes are then directed left from this along a series of free-standing cranes poised ready to unload and load coal from various vessels.

The work also depicts a few of the train lines that made up a warren of railway lines at different levels between the wharves and the steelworks. The tracks by the docks was the very end section of the Taff Vale Railway, a railway that was built specifically to transport coal from the South Wales Valleys to the coast. In this painting a steam locomotive is shown sitting on the tracks. By 1994 trains such as these experienced a change in purpose and were turned into passenger services that hauled people up and down the side of the docks.

Cardiff Docks is a port in southern Cardiff, Wales. By 1870 Cardiff was a major iron and coal-exporting and by the start of the 20th century it was one of the world’s biggest docks. At its peak, this port was one of the largest dock systems in the world with a total quayage of almost 7 miles. It would have been a hive of constant and unrelenting noise and activity. Until early 1920s Cardiff docks continued to boom as a location for shipping companies, but the fall in demand for Welsh coal caused a dramatic fall in exports. Despite intense activity at the port during the Second World War coal exports finally ceased in 1964. To this day, there are three operational docks at the location


Howell Clayton Jones

Howell Clayton Jones was an artist that worked in oil, watercolour and black-and-white. After studying at the Normal College in Bangor, Jones studied art in the studio of Tim Evans. He went on to exhibit at the RCam, SGA, PS and elsewhere. The artist also illustrated books on North West Wales and its mountains. His work appeared in ‘La Revue Moderne’. He lived for most of his life in Llandudno in Wales.