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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.
oil on canvas
84 x 65 cm (E)
commissioned, before 1638
St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry
Bayley Lane, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5RN EnglandView venue
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