William, Earl of Shelburne by Sir Joshua Reynolds

William, Earl of Shelburne by Sir Joshua Reynolds

Oil, 1786 This is William Fitzmaurice Petty, Earl of Shelburne (1731-1805). He was elected the Member of Parliament for Wycombe in 1760. Shelburne became Foreign Secretary in 1782. He was Prime Minister briefly between 1782-83, during the final months of the American...
Moses Tryon by Sir Peter Lely

Moses Tryon by Sir Peter Lely

Oil, about 1646 This portrait shows Sir Moses Tryon. His family moved from the Netherlands to London in around 1580 to escape religious persecution. The painting was passed down through Tryon’s family, and was donated by his descendants to the Museum when it was...
Portrait of Joseph Pettifer by Joseph Highmore

Portrait of Joseph Pettifer by Joseph Highmore

Oil, around 1745  Joseph Pettifer was last in the line of several Pettifers who all became Mayor of High Wycombe. Joseph died at just 19 years of age, before he could become mayor himself. During conservation in 1990, it was discovered the varnish used by the artist...
Pann Mill, by Lorna Cassidy

Pann Mill, by Lorna Cassidy

Print, date unknown Lorna Cassidy (1933 – present) is a Wycombe-based artist who has been making prints of Wycombe District for more than 50 years. She has an interest in local history and in recording historic buildings, such as chair factories and mills. Often...
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