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.
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 the Leconfield Hall, Petworth's community hall.Nine of her engravings were reprinted from the original blocks to hang in the main auditorium, which is named the Gwenda Morgan Hall.
Morgan 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, and she cited the Sussex-born artist Eric Ravilious as a strong influence on her work.