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William Horton (1750–1832)

Photo credit: Staffordshire Archives & Heritage

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A portrait of William Horton the shoe manufacturer. Horton was born in Stafford and was one of the first to manufacture shoes on a large scale, employing over 1,000 workers. His home was Chetwynd House on Greengate (now the main Post Office) and his workshops and warehouse were situated at the rear of the house. Richard Brinsley Sheridan (playwright, and MP for Stafford, 1780–1807) was a friend of Horton's and often stayed with him at Chetwynd House.

The Shire Hall Gallery

Stafford


Date

1820

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 74 x W 61 cm

Accession number

STFMS : G95.029.0001

Acquisition method

purchased from Miss E. L. Knight, before 1974

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

Signed and dated.


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The Shire Hall Gallery

Market Square, Stafford, Staffordshire ST16 2LD England

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