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The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist

Photo credit: National Trust Images

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The picture was a great favourite of Lord Penrhyn's son, the 2nd Lord Penrhyn, because the Virgin reminded him of his first wife, Pamela Blanche Rushout (d.1869). Accordingly, when the pictures were rehung in 1901, this painting was transferred from over the large Dining Room fireplace to Lord Penrhyn's sitting-room in the Keep. Perino del Vaga was a member of Raphael's workshop in Rome where he worked until the Sack of Rome in 1527. If this picture is by del Vaga, it would have been painted prior to his departure for Genoa.

National Trust, Penrhyn Castle



The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist




oil on panel


H 112 x W 89 cm

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Acquisition method

on loan from the Trustees of the Penrhyn Settled Estates

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National Trust, Penrhyn Castle

Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4HN Wales

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