Young Henry at Plas Newydd

ord Henry Paget, later the 7th Marquess of Anglesey (1922-2013), at the age of 14, by Rex Whistler (1905-44)

Experience life for Young Henry at Plas Newydd this summer as we explore the childhood of the 14 year old boy in Rex Whistler's portrait, who would one day become the 7th Marquess of Anglesey.

Visit between 31 May and 4 November, 11am-4pm, to hear, see and experience a glimpse into the life of 'Young Henry' at Plas Newydd.

In 1936, while at Plas Newydd, Rex Whistler painted a portrait of a 14 year old Henry Paget, who would become the 7th Marquess of Anglesey and the first to make Plas Newydd his full time family home.

This painting was lost from Plas Newydd until last year, when through kind donations, we were able to bring this important part of the family’s history back home.

To celebrate its return, this summer you will be able to experience what life was like for ‘Young Henry’ at Plas Newydd, as the 14 year old Henry in the portrait, comes to life around the house.

" It will be quite an emotional experience, especially for us at the property. We knew the Marquess very well in his later years and researching his life as a young boy and seeing how the person we knew so well as an adult grew up here has certainly brought back some fond memories."
- Barbara Stanley

Back from Eton for the summer, his presence can be felt, seen and heard. Interact with his history and see how family summers at Plas Newydd shaped his future, inspired his passions
and ignited his love for this amazing family home.

The search for the voice of 'Young Henry'

Young Henry will be voiced by a young volunteer actor, Rhys Gannon who was chosen after a public search for somebody to volunteer to play the role.

He was chosen from a shortlist by Lady Clara Paget, professional actress and Young Henry's grandaughter.

Clara, who is known for her roles in St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, Fast & Furious 6 and more recently as Anne Bonny in the successful series Black Sails, said:

“I’m really excited to be part of this search. Plas Newydd is such a big part of my family’s history and an amazing place to explore. I can’t wait to see my grandfather’s childhood experiences brought to life there.”

Visit between 31 May and 4 November, 11am-4pm, to hear, see and experience a glimpse into the life of 'Young Henry' at Plas Newydd.