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Thomas Jesson (d.1635)

Photo credit: St Mary's Guildhall

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A London grocer, about whose life very little is known, Thomas Jesson is remembered in Coventry chiefly through the terms of his will, which made generous provision for the poor of Coventry through the funding of apprenticeships, financial support for widows, and annual distribution of bread to the poor. There was even provision for an annual dinner to be held by the Corporation in his honour.

St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    84 x 65 cm (E)

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    commissioned, before 1638


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