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The Nannau ox was slaughtered and roasted to celebrate the twenty-first birthday of Robert Williames Vaughan (1803–1859) on 25 June 1824. It was one of the last of an ancient herd of white cattle bred at Nannau, near Dolgellau in Merioneth. Beside it stands the Vaughan family cowman, Sion Dafydd. The young man's father, Sir Robert Williames Vaughan (1768–1843), 2nd Baronet, was Merioneth's biggest resident landowner and its sole representative in Parliament for over four decades.
oil on panel
H 65 x W 85.5 cm
NMW A 29363