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William Wooller

Photo credit: Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

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This is a head and shoulders portrait of William Wooller, a wool merchant and benefactor of the Company of Merchant Adventurers who was admitted in 1587. In his will, William Wooller left a legacy to the inhabitants of Bingley town, which for 20 years after his death ensured the welfare of both the town's poor and that of the school. He faces forwards, wearing an expensive black robe, fashionable white ruff, and holding a sealed envelope in his left hand showing to the viewer that he is literate.

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

York


Date

c.1590

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 85.5 x W 66 cm (E)

Accession number

YORMA 343

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

"William Wooller of the Cytie of York Merchant Adv


Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Fossgate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 9XD England

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