Portrait of William Horton, Stafford

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Date:1803 - 1804 (c.)

Description:William Horton (1750 - 1832) was born in Stafford and was one of the first to manufacture shoes on a large scale, employing over 1,000 workers.

His home was Chetwynd House on Greengate (now the main Post Office) and his workshops and warehouse were situated at the rear of the house.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (playwright, and M.P. for Stafford, 1780 - 1807) was a friend of Horton's and often stayed with him at Chetwynd House.

This oil painting was probably painted at about the time of Horton's Mayoralty.

The painting is attributed to John Westbrooke Chandler (1750-1807). Height - 735mm; width - 600mm.

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Creators: Mr J.W. Chandler - Creator

Donor ref:G94.137.0001 (83/15496)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service - Art Collection

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