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Jesse Boot, 1st Baron Trent

17 of 22 portraits on display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery

Jesse Boot, 1st Baron Trent, by Noel Denholm Davis, 1909 - NPG L247 - © Alliance Boots; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

© Alliance Boots; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

Jesse Boot, 1st Baron Trent

by Noel Denholm Davis
oil on canvas, 1909
50 in. x 40 in. (1270 mm x 1015 mm)
Lent by Alliance Boots, 2011
Primary Collection
NPG L247


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On long term loan from Alliance Boots, Davis's 1909 portrait of Jesse Boot (1850-1931) records one of the great entrepreneurs of the Victorian period whose firm remains a household name today. It is characteristic of Boot that he should have chosen a local Nottingham artist in Denholm Davis to paint his portrait. He is shown as still the active businessman, alert and seated at his desk. It was presented to him 'by the male employees of Boots Cash Chemists' in 1909.