1 portrait matching 'NPG D16495'
by John Kay
7 5/8 in. x 6 in. (194 mm x 152 mm) plate size; 9 5/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (244 mm x 181 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Sitterback to top
- William Wilson (born circa 1708), Chemist's assistant and centenarian. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- John Kay (1742-1826), Miniature painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 287 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This shows us 'Mortar Willie', working as a chemist's assistant though over 100 years old. He turned to this trade aged about 70 after a life as an agricultural labourer and a soldier, and worked in almost every pharmacy in town. He ended his days in the laboratory of a Dr Burt, where he continued to be paid his usual daily wage of 2 shillings though unable to work more than a few hours each day.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Schama, Simon, The Face of Britain: The Nation Through its Portraits, 2015-09-15, p. 480
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- John Kay: Portraits of curious characters (15 December 2007 - 13 July 2008)