Portrait of William Aldersey (1543Â–1616), Mayor of Chester
- Art Funded
- 72.5 x 52 cm
- Weiss Gallery
He was a merchant ironmonger and so successful in overseas trade that he became a founding member of the East India Company in 1600. He served as mayor of Chester in 1595Â–6 and 1613Â–4 and was particularly interested in the troops and horses which sailed from Chester to support the standing army in Ireland. Between his work and his civic duties, Aldersey studied ChesterÂ’s Roman archaeology and the documentation of its medieval re-emergence. This is the earliest surviving portrait of a mayor of Chester. It will now hang in the Grosvenor MuseumÂ’s Stuart Dining Room as a pendant to the portrait of Thomas Cowper, mayor in 1641Â–2, joining portraits of two men William Aldersey knew Â– his distant cousin Thomas Aldersey and George Lloyd, bishop of Chester from 1604Â–15 and significantly strengthening the museumÂ’s ability to tell the story of Chester in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Private collection, 1985; Weiss Gallery, 2011. An Art Loss Register search has been carried out.