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Sir George William Henry Jones

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Sir George William Henry Jones, by Bassano Ltd, 1922 - NPG x85474 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir George William Henry Jones

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 1922
Purchased, 1996
Photographs Collection
NPG x85474

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  • Bassano Ltd (active 1901-1962). Artist associated with 42733 portraits.

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Dr Robert Guyver

3 January 2018, 15:29

What is remarkable about George Jones is his sheer ability and determination. At 16 in the 1891 Census he is described as a tailor, and the 1911 indicates that his brother Montague Lacey Jones (born 1884) would go on to be Secretary of Jones & Co of London, Tailors. But according to the 1921 edition of Who’s Who, George would enrol to study law at the University of London emerging with a First Class degree. By 1907 he had been called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn.

Dr Robert Guyver

31 December 2017, 21:00

George Jones was born in Taunton on 30 October 1874. There is information about George Jones in the 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 Censuses. The 1939 Register also reveals much about him. His father was George Jones who lived in Exeter. His mother was Sarah Lacey whose mother was my great-great grandmother Catherine Lacey. The Joneses and the Laceys were involved with tailoring. The Jones family moved from Exeter to Hackney in Middlesex by 1881. It is likely that by 1901 George had become a Merchant Taylor for his occupation is described as such in the 1901 Census for 43 Ickburgh Road Hackney.

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