John Stow

Image credit: Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

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Painted in a feigned oval, silk mercer John Stow is shown half length, wearing a grey silk coat over a grey silk waistcoat, with a black hat tucked under his left arm.

He became a Member of the Company in 1742 and Sheriff of York in 1763. When he died in 1775, he was buried in St Helen’s Church, Stonegate, York, where there is a monument to him. In the burial record he was described as 'the most eminent silk mercer in York'.

This is one of a pair of portraits which depict John Stow and his wife Catherine separately.

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall



John Stow




oil on canvas


H 79 x W 60 cm

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purchased, 1993

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