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Griffith Owen, Harpist to the Corbet Family of Ynysmaengwyn

MARSHALL, Benjamin (1768 - 1835)

[image: Griffith Owen, Harpist to the Corbet Family of Ynysmaengwyn]

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 92.0 x 71.0 cm

Acquired: 1999; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 14301

Griffith Owen (1750-1833) was butler and harpist to the Corbet family of Ynysymaengwyn, Merioneth, and is here shown standing in the hallway holding a volume of music by Handel. His employers clearly thought much of him, as they commissioned this portrait from the fashionable sporting artist Benjamin Marshall, when he painted a Corbet family group. An old label records that the painting 'was drawn' when Owen heard of the death of Mrs Corbet, 'his Ever to be-lamented Mistress'.

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