Gwenda Morgan (1908 – 1991) was born in Petworth, and spent most of her life in the town. Examples of Morgan's engravings are held by most of the major museums, but her work and connection to the area still remains relatively unknown, to both local residents and the wider UK. For instance there has been no exhibition dedicated to her in the UK since the 1990s, and yet she is currently the subject of a comparative exhibition at the Art Gallery of Great Victoria, Canada.
Gwenda Morgan's father was the proprietor of Austen's the ironmongers, a shop that still serves the town of Petworth on the Market Square. When the artist died in 1991, she made a significant bequest for the refurbishment and upkeep of Petworth's community hall. As previously mentioned,for the duration of the Society of Wood Engravers' show, nine of Gwenda Morgan's engravings, which usually hang on the upper floor of the Leconfield Hall will be moved to be on show to all in the window of a gallery in the square.
Gwenda studied at Goldsmiths College and then at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art, under the wood engraver Iain MacNab. She exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Redfern Gallery, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers & Engravers (RE), of which she was a member. She was well known for her book and other illustrations, especially for the Golden Cockerel Press publications of 'Gray's Elegy' in 1946, and 'Grimms' Other Tales' in 1946. Many of the scenes in her illustrations were based on landscapes and buildings in the Petworth area, with the Sussex born artist Eric Ravilious being a strong influence on her work.