This is a portrait of John Wall, who was a well-loved 18th century Worcestershire doctor. He became famous for establishing the Worcester Infirmary and championing Malvern Water as a cure. He gained great reputation as the founder of the Worcester Porcelain factory which succeeded in producing world class porcelain for over 250 years. During his lifetime, however, he was most well known as an accomplished amateur artist. He concentrated on Classical and Allegorical subjects in a grand historical style. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1773 and 1774 and was much admired by his contemporaries including the actor, David Garrick who is said to have jumped on the chairs in Wall’s home to get closer to the pictures!
During his life, this portrait of Dr John Wall hung in his home in Foregate Street, Worcester. It remained there in the 19th century when the house was occupied by Sir Charles Hastings (Founder of the BMA) and later was bought by C. W. Dyson Perrins.
Where to see this painting?
Worcester Porcelain Museum
Severn Street, Worcester, Worcestershire, England, WR1 2ND
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.