William David Wilkes (d.1899), Benefactor of Salisbury Museum

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Wilkes was an early supporter of the Museum and member of the Museum’s management committee.

This half-length portrait shows him in a relaxed seated pose, probably in his office. He died in 1899, leaving the Museum his significant ceramics collection and part of his residuary estate. The latter was a significant financial contribution that led to the formation of the ‘Wilkes scheme’ through which the Museum became a charity.

Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum



William David Wilkes (d.1899), Benefactor of Salisbury Museum




oil on canvas (?)


H 66 x W 57 cm

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