Excursions to France, Italy and North Wales, 1768-71
Hardback 229pp Illustrated
9781844940882   Product Code: 11875
Sir Watkin Williams Wynn (1749-89) is a shadowy figure often relegated to the footnotes, but as a patron of artists, architects, musicians and landscape gardeners, his influence on 18th century taste was significant. Within a biographical overview, this revealing study focuses on his grand tour of France and Italy and his own landholdings in North Wales. Illustrated with 49 colour plates, it records how this flamboyant Welsh connoisseur almost bankrupted himself in the pursuit of elegance.