Thomas Keymer of Kidwelly (1722-1784) ), à la chinoise
Gavin Hamilton (Murdiestone House, Lanark 1723 - Rome 1798)
Art / Oil paintings
1754 (label on back)
Oil on canvas (oval)
699 x 559 mm (27 1/2 x 22 in)
Place of origin
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Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire (Accredited Museum)
Oil painting on canvas (oval), Thomas Keymer of Kidwelly (1722 - 1784) by Gavin Hamilton (Murdiestone House, Lanark 1723 - Rome 1798), 1754. A half-length oval portrait of Thomas Keymer in oriental dress holding a pipe.
Painted for the sitter, by whom bequeathed (in will dated 14 August 1782: see memorandum of Feb. 2001 by E.W.L. Keymer) to the Hon. George Talbot Rice [later 3rd Baron Dynevor], eldest son of his friend, the late Rt. Hon. George Rice; recorded by Joseph Gulston at Newton House, c.1784, in the Eating Room, as: 8. Mr. Kymer, in a round, one hand. The people here think it very like, I cannot find the least resemblance; thereafter by descent, until acquired by the National Trust from Richard Charles Uryan Rhys, 9th Baron Dynevor (1935 – 2008) with the aid of the NHMF in 1997.
Newton House, Dinefwr, The Dynevor Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Verso: On rear: 'by Hamilton of St. James's street, 1754' label formerly on back inscr.: by Hamilton of St. James's Street, 1754.
Makers and roles
Gavin Hamilton (Murdiestone House, Lanark 1723 - Rome 1798) , artist Hugh Douglas Hamilton RHA (Dublin 1739/40 – Dublin 1808), artist
Major Francis Jones, Portraits and Pictures in Old Carmarthenshire Houses - Joseph Gulston (1745 -1786), The Carmarthenshire Historian, (ed. E. Vernon Jones), vol.V, 1968, pp.56 no. 8;n.18.