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Pembroke Town and Castle

WILSON, Richard (1714 - 1782)

Pembroke Town and Castle

Date: 1774

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 102.7 x 128.2 cm

Acquired: 1930; Purchase; with assistance of the Art Fund

Accession Number: NMW A 64

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Here Wilson exaggerates the sweep of the river and the reflections on the water around PembrokeCastle. In the early eighteenth century, the Welsh showed little pride in their own landscape. But Wilson did much to popularize images of Wales. He classicized the landscape, portraying it as a rural idyll dotted with historic ruins. The picture was probably commissioned by William Vaughan of Cors-y-gedol, a major North Wales landowner and the first president of the society of Cymmrodorion.

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