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Stephen Watson (d.1659), Grocer and Alderman, Warden (1629–1631)

Photo credit: Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

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This is a half-length portrait of Stephen Watson, an alderman, grocer and benefactor of the Company of Merchant Adventurers admitted in the year 1614. He served as Warden of the Company from 1629–1631 and was also Lord Mayor of York for the first time in 1646 and again in 1656. This portrait was painted whilst he was Lord Mayor of York. He wears red alderman robes, a broad white collar edged with lace and similar cuffs, a black skull cap, and the distinctive Lord Mayor of York’s chain of office beneath the robe.

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall





oil on canvas


H 86.5 x W 63.5 cm

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1."Stephen Watson Grocer late of the Citie of York

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Fossgate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 9XD England

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