William Blackmore was the founder of the Blackmore Museum, which later amalgamated with Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum. Born in Salisbury, he trained to become a lawyer and lived in Liverpool.
This half-length portrait shows him in formal dress, giving the immediate impression of wealth and dignity. As a wealthy financier he was able to collect ethnography and archaeology, which he used to create the Blackmore Museum. He was also a patron of the arts, helping to support the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
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Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum
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