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Portrait of the Day: Jesse Boot 1st Baron Trent

25 May 2019, 12:30

Room 27


  • Talks and Lectures

One of the great entrepreneurs of the Victorian period whose firm remains a household name today. The son of a medical herbalist in Nottingham, Boot began working in his father's shop aged ten. By 1914 he had built up a retail chain of 560 branches combining the sale of medicines with books and fancy goods: the 'no 2 department' developed by his wife, Florence. Boot sold his interest in the company in 1920 and devoted the remainder of his life to philanthropy, notably in his native city where he funded the building of the University of Nottingham.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.