Description

Part of the King's Topographical Collection, this view of Wynnstay was published by Paul Sandby as part of his influential series XII Views in North Wales (1776). The prints were after sketches produced during a 1771 tour of North Wales sponsored by the owner of Wynnstay, Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn (1749–89). Sir Watkin had previously hosted Sandby in the summer of 1770, engaging the artist as his drawing master.

The 1771 tour is considered one of the first sketching tours of the Welsh countryside, setting a precedent for subsequent artistic circuits of that region. The prints themselves are also important as pioneering examples of aquatint. This print-making technique gained popularity in the 1770s because it enabled tonal variations in drawings and watercolours to be more effectively reproduced.

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