Dudley, Worcestershire

Name: Sir George Alexander Drummond
Gender: Male
Relationship: Previous owner
Nationality: Canadian
Date of birth: 1829-10-11
Place of birth: Europe: Northern Europe: UK: Scotland: Midlothian: Edinburgh
Date of death: 1910-02-02
Place of death: Americas: Northern America: Canada: Montreal
Cause of death: unknown or unrecorded
Brief biography: Canadian businessman and art collector (1829 - 1910)
Further information: Drummond was born and educated in Edinburgh but emigrated to Canada in 1854. He became the technical manager and later a partner in his brother-in-law's sugar refinery business, John Redpath & Son of Montreal. After 1872 he was active in Canadian pol... more

Name: Charles Heath
Gender: Male
Relationship: Previous owner
Nationality: British
Date of birth: 1785-03-01
Place of birth: unknown or unrecorded
Date of death: 1848-11-18
Place of death: unknown or unrecorded
Cause of death: unknown or unrecorded
Brief biography: London-based engraver (1786 - 1848)
Further information: Heath was the son of James Heath (1757 - 1834), an Associate of the Royal Academy, who taught him how to etch as a child.

As an adult Charles engraved plates for bank notes and stamps as well as producing fine art prints. He was the first engraver ... more

Name: William Hesketh Lever
Gender: Male
Relationship: Previous owner
Nationality: British
Date of birth: 1851-09-19
Place of birth: Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Lancashire: Bolton
Date of death: 1925-05-07
Place of death: Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Greater London: Hampstead
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Brief biography: 1st Viscount Leverhulme (1851 - 1925), English industrialist and philanthropist who founded the Lady Lever Art Gallery in 1922
Further information: 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 foc... more

Name: John Ruskin
Gender: Male
Relationship: Previous owner
Nationality: British: English
Date of birth: 1819-02-08
Place of birth: Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
Date of death: 1900-01-20
Place of death: Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Cumbria
Cause of death: unknown or unrecorded
Brief biography: English writer, artist and collector (1819 - 1900)
Further information: Ruskin was an influential art critic and writer during the 19th century. He was particularly supportive of JMW Turner (1775 - 1851) and the Pre-Raphaelite artists of the mid-19th century. His influential book was 'Modern Painters: Their Superiority i... more

Name: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Gender: Male
Relationship: Maker
Nationality: British: English
Date of birth: 1775-05-23 probably
Place of birth: Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London: City of Westminster: Covent Garden
Date of death: 1851-12-19
Place of death: Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London: Kensington and Chelsea: Chelsea
Cause of death: unknown or unrecorded
Brief biography: British landscape painter and printmaker (1775 - 1851)
Further information: Turner is regarded as one of the greatest British artists of all time. He helped transform British art and raise landscape painting from ‘superior wallpaper’ to the defining genre of the period.

His long artistic career began at the Royal Academy Sc... more