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Landlord Paul Waters
"Richard Wilson coined the phrase 'We Three Loggerheads' and painted the sign"
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Tuesday, 20 June, 2000, 09:08 GMT 10:08 UK
Artist's work hangs behind bar
Richard Wilson's sign for the We Three Loggerheads pub
The pub sign painted by Richard Wilson
A surge of interest in the work of Welsh artist Richard Wilson has created a dilemma for a pub landlord in north Wales.

Paintings by Wilson are highly prized but the one owned by Paul Waters, landlord of the We Three Loggerheads in Flintshire, has been outdoors for over 200 years - as a sign outside the pub.

Now, it is in need of a safer home.


Richard Wilson
Richard Wilson's self portrait
Many of Richard Wilson's best works hang in the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.

Born in Montgomeryshire in 1713, he is regarded as the father of landscape painting in Britain and had a huge influence on artists like Constable and Turner.

In his heyday he painted royalty and was a founder member of the Royal Academy.

But his heavy drinking diminished much of his fortune and when he fell out of favour he was forced to move in with relatives living near Mold.

This pub became a favourite haunt - and also the source of his next commission.

The landlord asked him to paint two other customers - a wealthy landowner and parish priest who had fallen out.


We Three Loggerheads pub
The We Three Loggerheads pub
Wilson gave the painting the title We Three Loggerheads - the third person being the one looking at it - and it became the pub sign.

It languished outside for over 200 years before being brought indoors and put under glass in the bar when Wilson's work became fashionable again.

Now the current landlord wants to find a safer home for it in a museum.

It is insured at a conservative 30,000 - but the value and the premium are probably on the rise.

Customers though, think it has already found its spiritual home.

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