The Family of Henry Dawkins

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George Hay Dawkins (later Dawkins-Pennant), the boy with his hand on the greyhound's head, succeeded to Penrhyn in 1808, and built the present castle. His elder brother, James, here dressed in red, was equally fortunate, succeeding his uncle Lord Portmore to the Portmore estates. Their father, Henry Dawkins, commissioned this portrait for the Dining Room at Standlynch House, Wiltshire, whose portico is partly visible in the painting, with the spire of Salisbury Cathedral in the distance. After Henry Dawkins's death in 1814, Standlynch was bought by the nation as a gift to the descendants of Lord Nelson and renamed Trafalgar House.

National Trust, Penrhyn Castle



The Family of Henry Dawkins


oil on canvas


H 325 x W 515.5 cm

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on long-term loan from C. J. Dawkins, since 1984

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