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THE HISTORY OF A WELSH PAINTING: ‘POOR TAFF’ AND THE WELSH SCHOOL IN LONDON

This article gives a brief account of the history of a painting owned by the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. One of four paintings of the same figure, a Welshman known as ‘Poor Taff’ riding a goat, the portrait dates from the eighteenth century and forms part of a popular genre of nationalist satire with parallels in other art forms and in other countries of Europe. The article describes the restoration of the painting undertaken in 2016–17 and its significance as an adopted symbol of identity by the London Welsh in the nineteenth century.

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