Gruffydd Madryn [Gruffydd Madryn]
JOHNSON, Cornelius (1593 - 1663)
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.