Half length portrait seated before an easel, the sitter is wearing a brocaded dressing-gown and a turban, holding a palette and brushes in his left hand and a brush in his right hand.

Executed in Rome when Wilson was working there from 1749-1755.


Mengs painted the protrait as a tribute to Wilson and in return for one of his landscapes. Wilson parted with the portrait to his kinsman Sir Watkin Williams Wynn.

National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 3NP
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