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Reverend William Heathcote (1772-1802)

OWEN, William (1769 - 1825)

[image: Reverend William Heathcote (1772-1802)]

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 128.0 x 103.0 cm

Acquired: 1938; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 490

Although William Heathcote was a clergyman, he is portrayed as a sportsman, with a gun and a game-bag on his shoulder, accompanied by two spaniels. He was the son of a Hampshire landowner and a Prebend of Winchester Cathedral. Owen, who came from Shropshire, painted a dozen members of the Heathcote family.

2 comments

Graham Davies on 26 June 2012, 09:17 (Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff)

Dear Joan, thank you for your enquiry. The text in the upper right-hand corner reads: 'William, 2nd Son of Sir Wm. Heathcoat, 3rd Bar.t & Father of Sir William, 5th Bar.t Born 1772. Died 1802. by Owen.'

We do not have a firm date for the picture. It seems likely that it was created towards the end of the decade between Owen first exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1792 and Heathcote's death in 1802. While the inscription records the date of Heathcote's death this could have been added posthumously to a painting completed during his lifetime.

Thank you for your interest in Amgueddfa Cymru, Rachel Flynn, Assistant Curator Historic Art

Joan Lovemore-Hope on 22 June 2012, 08:48

It is interesting to note that the subject died in a hunting accident in 1802. When was the picture painted? I can't read the text in top right corner. Any transcripts available?

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