Sir Watkin's Tours


Sir Watkin's Tours
Excursions to France, Italy and North Wales, 1768–71

by Paul Hernon

ISBN 978-1-84494-088-2

Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, fourth baronet of Wynnstay, is one of those shadowy figures who crop up in history in various guises, none of them of extreme importance, but in the sum of their parts, of much significance. As a patron of artists, actors, architects, musicians, landscape gardeners and purveyors of luxury goods he has often merited a footnote but only occasionally a monograph.
Sir Watkin’s Tours is concerned mainly with four formative years in the life of Wales’ most distinguished connoisseur and looks at his grand tour to France and Italy and his tour of his own land-holdings in north Wales and at the social and artistic milieu in which the young man developed. Based around his account books, it is illustrated with 49 full-colour plates, providing a fascinating insight into a man who almost bankrupted himself in his pursuit and patronage of elegance.

Sir Watkin’s Tours will be of interest to local historians on both sides of the Welsh border, art  historians and students of the Age of Elegance. 230pp, casebound, illustrated in full colour, indexed.



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