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Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn (1749-1789), Thomas Apperley (1734-1819) and Captain Edward Hamilton

BATONI, Pompeo (1707 - 1787)

[image: Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn (1749-1789), Thomas Apperley (1734-1819) and Captain Edward Hamilton]

Date: 1768-72

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 289.0 x 196.0 cm

Acquired: 1947; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 78

Collection: The Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn Collection

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Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn set out on his Grand Tour in June 1768. He was accompanied by Edward Hamilton, a cavalry officer and amateur musician, and Thomas Apperley of Plas Grono, near Wrexham, his 'governor' who had been with him at Oxford. After visiting Paris and Florence the party arrived in Rome in November, where Sir Watkin ordered history paintings from Anton Raphael Mengs and Pompeo Batoni. He also commissioned this portrait from Batoni, who was the most celebrated painter in the city. His work was particularly appreciated by British notables, and this is his finest 'Grand Tour' portrait. Sir Watkin stands on the left holding a crayon and a copy of a Raphael fresco. At the table, Apperley draws his patron's attention to a passage from Dante's Divine Comedy. Hamilton, a flute in his hand, gestures admiringly to Apperley's display of erudition. An allegorical statue of Painting, located in the niche behind, emphasises the three men's love of the arts. From Rome Sir Watkin went to Naples, before returning home via Venice in February 1769. During his lifetime, this painting hung at his London residence, Wynn House, St James Square.

Work not on display

2 comments

Amgueddfa Cymru on 22 April 2014, 16:35

Dear Thelma,
Thank you for your enquiry, I have forwarded this onto our Art Department for details on when this will be on display again at National Museum Cardiff.

Graham Davies
Online Curator

Thelma Thompson on 22 April 2014, 16:26

I went with friends to see the interesting exhibition at Wrexham Gallery last year on the Grand Tour. This painting was used on the flier for the exhibition and we were very disappointed to find that it was not on display when we got there. We otherwise enjoyed the exhibition very much and thought it informative.

Nonetheless we would still like to see this and wonder if there is any likelihood it will be put on display at the Welsh National Gallery at Cardiff where we assume the main collection of paintings is - but please also confirm.

I also wonder if you have any paintings of sheep and rural Welsh life at Cardiff .

I look forward to hearing, thank you.

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