Jemmy Wood of Gloucester
Lithograph by Madeley, after the drawing from life by C. Smart, Esqr.
Dimensions: 7 3/4" x 5 3/4"
Fair condition throughout. Trimmed close, surface staining, repaired tear. Conserved and laid on card.
Original printed details pasted on reverse: 'Died April 20, 1836. Leaving property to the amount of 2 Millions Sterling!! which he has bequeathed in equal proportions to 4 individuals.'
Jemmy Wood (1756-1836) was the owner of the Gloucester Old Bank and achieved a national notoriety as The Gloucester Miser, which earned him the epithet 'the richest commoner in His Majesty's dominions.' He left a fortune of £900,000 (and not the two million stated above), which was almost entirely swallowed up in legal fees during a protracted court case over irregularities in his will.
£25.00 unmounted, unframed