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The White Ox of Nannau

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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The Nannau ox was slaughtered and roasted to celebrate the twenty-first birthday of Robert Williames Vaughan (1803–1859) on 25 June 1824. It was one of the last of an ancient herd of white cattle bred at Nannau, near Dolgellau in Merioneth. Beside it stands the Vaughan family cowman, Sion Dafydd. The young man's father, Sir Robert Williames Vaughan (1768–1843), 2nd Baronet, was Merioneth's biggest resident landowner and its sole representative in Parliament for over four decades.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on panel


H 65 x W 85.5 cm

Accession number

NMW A 29363

Acquisition method

purchased, 2008

Work type


National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff (Caerdydd) CF10 3NP Wales

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