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Griffith Owen (1750–1833), Harpist to the Corbet Family of Ynysymaengwyn

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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Griffith Owen (1750–1833) was butler and harpist to the Corbet family of Ynysymaengwyn, Merioneth, and is here shown standing in the hallway holding a volume of music by Handel. His employers clearly thought much of him, as they commissioned this portrait from the fashionable sporting artist Benjamin Marshall when he painted a Corbet family group. An old label records that the painting 'was drawn' when Owen heard of the death of Mrs Corbet, 'his Ever to be-lamented Mistress'.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on canvas


H 92 x W 71 cm

Accession number

NMW A 14301

Acquisition method

purchased at Sotheby's, 1999

Work type


Inscription description

Mr Griffith Owen- the harper since living at the Raven towyn this Pictur was drawn when heard of the death of his Ever to be - lamented Mistress the first wife of the late Esq. E. Corbett


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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

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