John Parry the Blind Harpist (d.1782) with an Assistant
PARRY, William (1743 - 1791)
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 87.0 x 71.2 cm
Acquired: 1996; Purchase
Accession Number: NMW A 3980
Collection: The Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn Collection
Like many conversation pieces, this work portrays a scene of music-making. The great harpist John Parry (~1710-1782) was also a skilled organist and a distinctive composer. His British Harmony was dedicated to Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn in 1781. The assistant may be his other son David, who was also an organist. The music book is the score of Handel's coronation anthem Zadok the Priest written in 1727. Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn was an enthusiastic devotee of Handel.