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Thomas Jones aspired to be a classical landscape painter in the manner of his teacher, Richard Wilson (1713-1782). However, he is chiefly remembered today for the important Memoirs he wrote towards the end of his life, and for his original and striking oil sketches. A number of these were made in Wales in his early career, whilst others were painted in Naples towards the end of a seven-year stay in Italy between 1776 and 1783. The best known of his early sketches were executed on trips home to the family estate at Pencerrig, this one being painted in the late summer of 1772.

September 2004