Sir Joshua Reynolds
Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn and his Mother c.1768–9

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Sir Joshua Reynolds 1723–1792
Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn and his Mother
Date c.1768–9
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2381 x 1816 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1947
Not on display

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Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn was a hugely wealthy Welsh landowner, and a member of the ‘Honourable and Loyal Society of Ancient Britons’. Reynolds shows him with his mother. In the background is the Welsh fortress of Dinas Bran, associated with the Welsh kingdom before the English conquest in the thirteenth century. Williams-Wynn commissioned two paintings of the same view from the landscape painter Richard Wilson.

Sir Watkin was proud of his descent from the ancient British and Welsh kings, but he was also a sophisticated London gentleman with a grand house in the West End designed by the architect Robert Adam.

September 2004

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