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James Massey, First President of the Manchester Royal Infirmary

Photo credit: Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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James Massey was the head of the firm of James Massey and Co., fustian dyers, Water Street. He was the first Joint-President of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, formally instituted on 28 February 1781. He was the Borough-Reeve of Salford and was the first President of the Manchester Royal Infirmary. This portrait was presented to the Infirmary by the artist William Tate in 1793.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



oil on canvas


H 89 x W 75 cm

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gift from William Tate, Esq., 1793

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