Holy Trinity Church
Early on, the church was also used as where the town council met and governed. Twenty-four gentleman were annually elected by the parishioners to care for the poor and collect rates in the parish under the watch of the rector.
(b York, 10 March 1787; d York, 13 Nov 1849). English painter. Born into a Methodist family, he was the seventh child of a miller and baker in Feasegate, York, and in 1798 he was apprenticed as a printer to Robert Peck, publisher of the Hull Packet. Financial support from his uncle, a banker, allowed him to go to London in 1805, where he entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1806. For a year, in 1807-8, he was a pupil of Thomas Lawrence, who greatly influenced him. Following the death of his uncle in 1809 he became financially secure. From 1811 he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and the British Institution and in 1816 worked in the studio of Jean-Baptiste Regnault in Paris.
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