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Brought to the Guildhall in 1834, this portrait of John Hales was previously displayed at the Coventry Free Grammar School, to whom it was given in 1704 by the widow of a descendant of John Hales. Although the portrait depicts John Hales as the kindly benefactor, with the school he founded shown in the background of the painting, Hales seems to have been an unpopular individual in his own lifetime.
late 16th C–early 17th C
oil on canvas
H 125 x W 95 cm (E)
D.D. ANNA DNA HALES RELICTA DNI IOHIS / HALES BARONETTI FUNDATORIS ABNEPOTIS: