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Gruffydd Madryn [Gruffydd Madryn]

JOHNSON, Cornelius (1593 - 1663)

Thomas Madryn

Date: 1623

Media: oil on panel

Size: 67.3 x 52.1 cm

Acquired: 1930; Gift; F. Emile Andrews

Accession Number: NMW A 4932

This portrait was painted in 1623, a year of crisis when bad harvests and economic recession affected even members of the Welsh gentry. Yet this did not stop displays of social grandeur - this man is dressed in the latest fashion, with his ruff, pointed beard and horizontal moustache. It was previously believed to be a portrait of Colonel Thomas Madryn Esq (b.1613), but his date of birth does not tally with an inscription on the painting (‘age 29, 1623’). It is now believed to be a member of the Madryn family, possibly Gruffydd, Thomas Madryn's father. Gruffydd Madryn was a member of a landowning family from the Llyn peninsula, and High Sheriff of Caernarfonshire in 1632.  

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