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The Right Worshipful W. T. Copeland (1797–1868), Alderman, President

Photo credit: Spode Museum Trust

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The subject of this painting was owner of the Spode company but had many other outside interests and official roles. Copeland is shown in a formal pose in a style suitable to a former Lord Mayor of London. The reference to President in the title refers to his position as President of the Bethlem Hospital. Each President was featured in a portrait commissioned by the hospital. By the late 20th century there was a surfeit of these large portraits owned by the hospital and they were offered for sale to interested parties.

Spode Museum


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    238 x 147 cm

  • Accession number

    WTC 2006.3

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from the Royal Hospital of Bridewell and Bethlem, 1960s

Spode Museum

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