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Joseph Taylor Winnard (c.1820–1873), MRCS

Photo credit: Wigan Arts and Heritage Service

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Very little is known about the sitter, other than that he was a surgeon for the Wigan Poor Law Union at the time of his death in 1873. He left £12,000 in his will for the purchase of books to stock the new library. He stipulated that his friend and scholar Gerald Finch should choose which books to purchase. The posthumous portrait was commissioned by a grateful Wigan Council, and was presumably painted from a photograph or earlier work.

Museum of Wigan Life





oil on canvas


H 239 x W 147 cm

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purchased, 1877

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Museum of Wigan Life

Library Street, Wigan, Greater Manchester WN1 1NU England

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