Do you know who these portraits might belong to ?
I received an email via the Old hamlet web site ( llanmartin-hamlet.co.uk ) from an auctioneer saying that they had some family portraits for sale at their upcoming auction in March and wondered if I knew who they might belong to as they would like to get in touch in case they wanted to buy them.
Name: Abigail Molenaar
Subject: Williams of Pencoed Castle
Message: Good Morning, My name is Abigail Molenaar, I work for Halls Auctioneers in Shrewsbury. I came across your website while looking for information about Pencoed Castle and in particular the Williams family who used to live on the estate. We have been instructed to sell at auction a group of family portraits of the Williams family and I am trying to find out a bit more about them. I saw that you have an active local history page and seem to have motivated members, so I was wondering if anyone would be kind enough to share any information they might have? We have portraits of Mrs Williams, wife of George Williams, two portraits of Margaret Williams daughter of Thomas, portrait of Amelia Williams- Mrs Hodges Undy as well as an unnamed infant from the same family. I will be happy to send photographs of the portraits should anyone be interested to see them. They will be auctioned with us in Shrewsbury next month. Very Best Wishes Abigail Molenaar
Thank you very much for your swift reply and offer of assistance. I have attached some photographs of the portraits for you to have a look at and share. They are not the most well executed paintings- I imagine they were probably painted by a local friend or family member who was an amateur artist, but they have a certain 'folk' charm and obviously their connection to the family and Pencoed Castle area will be of importance. I would love to find more out about the sitters and family for the catalogue so we can help them find a new home- or even reunite them with descendants.
If I can provide any further information for you please do let me know,