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Special Tudor Portraits Exhibition at the City Museum

By Levans  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

John Cooke and Joan Cooke

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A new exhibition at the City Museum touring gallery will provide a unique snapshot into the influential people that shaped Tudor Gloucester into the city it is today.
It is believed this will be the first time the twelve Tudor Faces portraits of the Mayors of Tudor times have been viewed together.
Visitors only have until July 5th to see the paintings together before the special collection will undergo a long process of conservation work, which will see them behind closed doors for years to come.
The City Council commissioned the portraits of specific people who had done good for the City, to inspire others to do the same.
Two of which were John and Joan Cooke, who were very well known local benefactors.  John Cooke held a prominent position in local affairs, and was one of the first Aldermen of Gloucester. 
When John died in 1538 he left his wife Joan a large fortune and extensive property in the City.  As the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Joan purchased a large part of the estate of Llanthony Priory onto which she built and endowed the Crypt School, adjacent to St. Mary de Crypt church in Southgate Street.
General museum admission is payable; Adults £3, Concessions £2 (over 60s), Members Free.

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