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Grand Tour art legacy on show.

Byline: STEVE BAGNALL

AN exhibition celebrating one of the greatest Welsh patrons of the arts will open on Monday.

The Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, exhibition - A Holiday of a Lifetime: The Grand Tour, Art and Wales - opens at Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives, will run until Saturday April 13.

Sir Watkin, from Ruabon, has left a legacy that can still be enjoyed in museums and galleries around the world.

The exhibition, showcases some of the greatest Welsh paintings of the 18th century on show in North Wales for the first time, and reveals how a nine-month tour of France and Italy by Sir Watkin had a profound impact on him and on music and art.

It allows the visitor to trace the route Sir Watkin took on the Grand Tour through the art inspired by the journey.

Neil Rogers, Wrexham council leader, said: "This exhibition illustrates how Wrexham's continuing partnership with the National Library of Wales and Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales enables Wrexham County Borough Museum to show the treasures of our National Collections in Wrexham.

"I would like to acknowledge the support of the Welsh Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund which will enable three Ruabon schools and three local community groups to engage with the exhibition."

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Jonathan Gammond, access and interpretation officer at Wrexham Museum puts the finishing touches to the Sir Watkin Williams Wynn exhibition A Holiday Of A Lifetime, The Grand Tour. Inset, Sir Watkin Pic: STACEY OLIVER
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Date:Jan 17, 2013
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