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William Tyson (1785–1851)

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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William Tyson was first a lawyer's clerk, then a bookseller, and finally a journalist and editor of the 'Bristol Mirror'. He was respected by his fellow Bristol antiquaries for his painstaking research and he collected material for a new history of Bristol, which he never wrote. Henry Spurrier Parkman was a Bristol portrait painter who also worked as a picture restorer. Two of his sons became artists, and are known for their watercolours of old Bristol.

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William Tyson (1785–1851)


oil on canvas


H 69.5 x W 57 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Hubert Hickman through the Bristol branch of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, 1910

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