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Thomas Taylor was a wealthy cotton mill owner (Taylor Brothers Ltd, Victoria Mills, Wallgate, Wigan) and prominent citizen. He became a JP in 1848 and Chief Magistrate and Mayor for the town in 1854. In 1873 he generously gave £12,000 to Wigan Council to buy the land and pay for the building of Wigan Free Public Library. The town had been trying to raise funds for a library for several years. The library was designed by Alfred Waterhouse and opened to the public in 1878.
oil on canvas
H 125 x W 90 cm