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Bridget Vaughan, Madam Bevan (1698–1779)

Photo credit: Carmarthenshire Museums Service Collection

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This is a portrait of Bridget Bevan, better known in Wales as Madam Bevan. She was a philanthropist who helped to set up and run the highly successful circulating schools that brought literacy to so many in eighteenth-century Wales. This painting emphasises her upright and pious character. The artist painted portraits of other members of Bridget Bevan's family, including her sisters, niece and husband, to hang in Derwydd house, Carmarthenshire.

Carmarthenshire County Museum





oil on canvas


H 124.5 x W 99 cm

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purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of Carmarthen Museum.

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Carmarthenshire County Museum

Abergwili, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin) SA31 2JG Wales

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