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Plas Mawr, Conwy f.176

Plas Mawr, Conwy f.176

Artist: Buckler, John Chessell

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36396

Item number: f.176

Length: 26

Width: 35

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Conwy is a remarkably well-preserved medieval town ringed by a series of 13th-century walls. In the middle of the warren of narrow streets lies Plas Mawr, or the Great Hall. The house was built for the merchant Robert Wynn between 1576 and 1585. Wynn, a one-time member of the English royal court and a soldier, was an exuberant character. After he was wounded in the siege of Boulogne in 1544, he travelled extensively throughout Europe and brought back to his home many innovative ideas of style. Visitors to his house would have been suitably impressed by the lavish taste of their colourful and popular host.

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