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Inside the Court, Plas Mawr, Conwy f.189

Inside the Court, Plas Mawr, Conwy f.189

Artist: Buckler, John Chessell

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36396

Item number: f.189

Length: 26

Width: 35.25

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Robert Wynn built his home, Plas Mawr (Great Hall), between 1576 and 1585 in the heart of Conwy, a medieval market town enclosed by 13th-century walls. Wynn had been a royal courtier and soldier before becoming a "merchant". He travelled extensively throughout Europe and readily acquired a taste for the new Continental styles he encountered.

When he came to decorate his fine Elizabethan town house, he unhesitantly blended traditional English designs with those he absorbed from abroad. He was a generous and frequent social host and his house was often full of the rich and powerful of the time. Plas Mawr still stands today and contains much of the original furnishings and internal decorative work.

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