John Sheepshanks (art collector)

John Sheepshanks (1787–1863), British manufacturer and art collector, was born in Leeds, and became a partner in his father's business as a cloth manufacturer.[1]

John Sheepshanks
Leeds, England, United Kingdom
OccupationClothing manufacturer
Art collector
Known forLeaving his art collection to the Victoria & Albert Museum
John Sheepshanks by John Henry Foley, 1866, Victoria & Albert Museum

Sheepshanks collected pictures, mainly by British artists, and in 1857 presented his notable collection to the nation. These are at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, which no longer observes all the conditions which he attached to the gift. He retired from business in 1833 and died a bachelor in 1863. His sister and brother were Anne Sheepshanks and Richard Sheepshanks.[2]


  1. ^ George Somes Layard (1897). "Sheepshanks, John" . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 52. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ A. M. Clerke, ‘Sheepshanks, Richard (1794–1855)’, rev. Michael Hoskin, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2011 accessed 16 March 2017

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Sheepshanks, John". Encyclopædia Britannica. 24 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 822.

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