Mid Wales

Margaret and Gwendoline Davies museum opens in Llandinam

Plas Dinam Image copyright Eldrydd Davies
Image caption Trevor Fishlock described Plas Dinam as "a Victorian dream of country living"

A private museum has opened in a Powys country house in honour of two of Wales' most famous art collectors.

Margaret and Gwendoline Davies amassed a great collection and donated much of it to the National Museum of Wales.

Now people can visit Plas Dinam near Llandinam, the place they called home for 38 years until 1923.

Author Trevor Fishlock, who officially opened the museum, said: "They were remarkable women... they believed art had a power of beauty."

The museum, which can be viewed by appointment, contains documents and photographs connected to the family, as well as some works of art.

The sisters bequeathed 260 works of art to the National Museum of Wales, including Renoir's La Parisienne, Monet's Rouen Cathedral and Rodin's The Kiss.

Gwendoline died in 1951 and her sister died in 1963.

Mr Fishlock, who has also written a book about the Davies family, added: "It's about the house itself - the sister lived there for 38 years, they loved it; Margaret wrote about it as 'home sweet home'."

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