William Roscoe

Liverpool-born businessman (1753 - 1831) also an art collector, patron, anti-slave-trade MP, botanist and poet

Roscoe was a prominent lawyer and banker. He was also an author, art collector and patron, anti-slave-trade MP, botanist and poet. Founder of many of the cultural and scientific institutions in late 18th and early 19th-century Liverpool including the Liverpool Botanic Garden (1802) and the Liverpool Royal Institution, which after Roscoe's bankruptcy in 1816 housed a small group of paintings from his extensive art collection. The paintings were later first loaned (1893) and then presented to the Walker Art Gallery (1948) and form the core of its medieval and early Renaissance collections. He was the first person to write the biography in English of the Medici ruler, Lorenzo the Magnificent and the Medici Pope, Leo X.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    1753
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Died
    1831
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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