'George Holt senior', Philip Westcott

Formal portrait of 61 year old George Holt seated with papers on his knee

George Holt the elder came to Liverpool as a young man from Rochdale and became a successful cotton broker, founding the family fortunes. He financed the construction of the India Buildings in Liverpool in 1834 and founded Blackburne House as a school for girls ten years later.

He was sixty-one years old at the date of this portrait, shown at the Liverpool Academy in 1851. A replica commissioned from Westcott in 1864, three years after the sitter’s death, is also in the collection.

Artwork Details

Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Date: 1851
Accession No: WAG 871