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The portrait is likely to be of Mr John Mavor, who lived in North Shields and was a teacher in a Presbyterian school. The same person, as an older man, is also the subject of another painting in the Collection by a different artist; the fact that two portraits of him were done suggests he was a figure of some significance locally. Born in South Shields, Henry Hetherington Emmerson gained a considerable reputation as an artist, showing 58 works at the Royal Academy.
oil on canvas
H 259 x W 183 cm