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This painting is dominated by a portrait of George I set within an oval (derived from a 1714 engraving by Bernard Picart). To the left is a view of Worcester Cathedral, representing the Church, while to the right, a depiction of shipping represents Trade. (By this time Worcester had a long tradition of cloth manufacture. Ships transported wool into the city along the River Severn and exported the cloth.)
The painting, essentially a campaign poster, was made for Thomas Wylde when he stood as a candidate to represent the city of Worcester at the 1718 by-election. Wylde had already served as MP for Worcester from 1701 and returned in 1718, retaining the seat until 1727. Thomas Wylde was born in Worcester; the son of Robert Wylde. The Wyldes had long been a prominent family in the area, having made their fortune in the cloth trade. Wylde was later appointed a Commissioner of Excise in Dublin and moved to the city with his wife, Mary (née Tracy).
The now unknown artist of this work also painted a similar work for Thomas Vernon (1654-1721), who he stood as Whig MP for the county of Worcestershire in 1715. The painting is now on display at Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire (National Trust).
King George I (1660-1727) Reigned 1714-27: Emblematic Trade Sign of Thomas Wylde, Worcester
Oil on canvas
height: 102.00 cm, width: 127.50 cm
Purchased from Appleby Bros, February 1969
[Beneath image. First column:] For the / Church of En- / -gland as by Law / Established, [Second column:] For his most Excellent Majesty / King GEORGE. / THOMAS WYLDE. [Third column:] For Trade and / the Good of our / own Country,
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