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Robert Davies of Gwysaney (1616-1666)

LEIGH, Thomas (fl.1635 - fl.1643)

[image: Robert Davies of Gwysaney (1616-1666)]

Date: 1643

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 69.9 x 58.4 cm

Acquired: 1948; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 20

Robert Davies of Gwysaney is dressed as a gentleman in his gold-coloured doublet and wide collar. He was High Sheriff of Flintshire, and like most of the Welsh gentry he was a Royalist during the Civil War. The year he sat for this portrait saw the King’s cause falter in north-east Wales. Just two years later, Parliamentarians battered their way through the front door of his home and imprisoned Robert for his royalist tendencies. 

This work is currently on display.

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