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William Hesketh Lever was a multimillionaire businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was born in Bolton, the son of a wholesale grocer. He left school at 16 to join the family firm which he expanded and transformed. In 1884 he decided to focus on just one product - household soap - primarily because of its potential for marketing in pre-wrapped bars under a brand name. Previously soap had to be cut to order from a single large block.

Two years later he began to manufacture soap himself and set up the firm of Lever Brothers with his invalid brother. He initially produced his soap in an existing factory but by 1888 had outgrown the site and moved to a purpose built and much larger building on the Wirral shore of the Mersey. He also built a village to house his employees and named it Port Sunlight after his most successful brand of soap.

Within a few years the interests of his company Lever Brothers stretched from the United Kingdom to West Africa, the Pacific and the United States. The company grew until Lever was employing 85,000 workers around the world in 1925. The success of his company made Lever very rich. By 1912 in addition to his income, he had personal assets valued at nearly three million pounds. Lever made a large contribution to the lives of ordinary people. He built Port Sunlight to provide his workforce with good housing. He campaigned for better welfare and a shorter working day, and supported building, education and medical projects.

Lever also became a passionate collector of art on a scale unmatched in Britain since his death and he used his enormous wealth to put together an outstanding collection. He purpose-built the Lady Lever Art Gallery, which opened in Port Sunlight on 16 December 1922, in memory of his late wife, Elizabeth, with the intention of using it to display his extensive art collection.

Mr William Lever: 1851–1911
Sir William Lever, Bt: 1911–1917
The Rt Hon. The Lord Leverhulme: 1917–1922
The Rt Hon. The Viscount Leverhulme: 1922–1925

Found 26 items.

Title: A Steamer off Ostend
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1840 - 1841 probably

Title: Bolton Abbey
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1825 possibly

Title: Canal Scene, Venice
Artist: Samuel Prout
Date: 1830 - 1870

Title: Cathedral Interior, Feast Day of St Geneviève
Artist: Samuel Gillespie Prout
Date: 1846 possibly

Title: Dudley, Worcestershire
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1830 - 1833 probably

Title: Ehrenbreitstein, from Coblenz
Artist: Clarkson Stanfield
Date: unknown or unrecorded

Title: Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1812 - 1814 probably

Title: Fort Bard, Val d'Aosta
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1836 possibly

Title: Hafod
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1798 - 1799 probably

Title: Lancaster from the Aqueduct
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1825 about

Title: Light-towers of La Hève
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1840 possibly

Title: Lucerne from the Walls
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1842

Title: Margate
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1840 possibly

Title: Minehead and Dunster Castle, Somerset
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1818 possibly

Title: Off Dover
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1820 - 1827 probably

Title: On the Balcony, Venice
Artist: Richard Parkes Bonington
Date: 1826 - 1836 possibly

Title: Palaces on the Grand Canal
Artist: Samuel Prout
Date: unknown or unrecorded

Title: Portsmouth, Hampshire
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1824 possibly

Title: Strasbourg
Artist: Clarkson Stanfield
Date: unknown or unrecorded

Title: Street Scene, Bayeux, Normandy
Artist: Samuel Prout
Date: 1828 possibly

Title: The Bass Rock
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1824 possibly

Title: The Belfry, Bergues
Artist: Richard Parkes Bonington
Date: 1824 after

Title: The Fish Market, Rome
Artist: Samuel Prout
Date: unknown or unrecorded

Title: The Social Day
Artist: Thomas Rowlandson
Date: 1812

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