Michael Arthur Bass, 1st Baron Burton(1837-1909), Brewer, philanthropist, art collector and politician; Liberal MP for Stafford
Sitter in 3 portraits
Michael Arthur Bass was the elder son of Michael Thomas Bass and the great-grandson of William Bass, the founder of the brewery firm of Bass & Co in Burton upon Trent. On leaving university in 1864, he entered the family firm as a director. He served as chairman of the directors after his father's death in 1884. Bass was a Liberal MP from 1865 until 1886, when he was made a baron and moved to the House of Lords. Both Bass and his father were extremely generous to the town of Burton. They presented it with many buildings including a town hall, municipal offices, a ferry bridge and several churches.
by Henry Jamyn Brooks
oil on canvas, 1889
by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 25 November 1908
after Henry Jamyn Brooks
photograph, 1919 or after
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