Canaletto View Of The Thames Saved In Tax Deal

| 26 December 2002

Left: Penrhyn Castle, courtesy Gwynedd County Council

The Welsh Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language, Jenny Randerson, has announced that historic and artistic treasures from Penrhyn Castle have been safeguarded for the people of Wales.

Right: another view of the Thames by Canaletto - The Thames and the City, 1746-47. Národní Muzeum, Prague.

The items were accepted in lieu of inheritance tax to a value of £3,799,976 and comprise silver, furniture, books and a number of watercolours and paintings. They include Canalettos' View of the Thames near Westminster, and View in Venice by Bernard Bellotto. The items will remain in Penrhyn Castle and have been allocated to the National Trust.

Jenny Randerson expressed her pleasure that the public would be able to continue to see these items in their home setting of Penrhyn Castle. She said: "I am delighted that the announcement means that the public will still be able to view the vast and varied collection in the beautiful surroundings of Penrhyn Castle."

"The items are of historic and artistic interest so it is wonderful news that they will remain on display in Wales."

Penryhn Castle is a dramatic neo-Norman fantasy castle sitting between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. The castle was built by Thomas Hopper between 1820 and 1845 for the wealthy Pennant family, who made their fortune from Jamaican sugar and Welsh slate.

Hopper also designed its interior with elaborate carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture. The castle contains an outstanding collection of paintings. The stable block houses an industrial railway museum, a countryside exhibition, a railway model museum and a superb dolls museum displaying a large collection of 19th- and 20th-century dolls. The grounds include parkland, an extensive exotic tree and shrub collection and a Victorian walled garden

The Penrhyn Chattels
Location: Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Gwynedd
Tax satisfied: £4 million
This collection of chattels includes: silver, furniture, books and a number of watercolours and paintings. Amongst these items are the Clifden Cup (1869) and a slate table supported by carved stylised dolphins, designed by Hopper

Click here for more information from the National Trust website.

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