In 1930, an anonymous donor, assumed to be a member of the Wills'
family, donated to Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery a large-scale
oil painting entitled Some Who Had Made Bristol Famous by
Ernest Board. The painting now hangs in the foyer of the museum.
Who Have Made Bristol Famous by Ernest Board, 1930 (Bristol's
Museums, Galleries and Archives: BMAG).
this section we look at a few of the people depicted in the painting
– and some of the others associated with their particular
field of activity, past and present. Click on the topics to the
left to find out more.
Follow the link here to find details of an updated version of
the Board painting to be created later in 2008 following a poll
of local people.
For further information on the
Board painting, download the Bristol History section of the guide
For further information on notable
Bristol women, download the Women in Bristol's History section
of the guide here.
If you have a library
card from Bristol Libraries, you can access the online edition
of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography which will give
you biographical information on many of the people referred to
in this section. See Online Resources on the Libraries
West website for details.
Watch out in the local media for an announcement about the commissioning of an updated version of the Board painting, based on the public response to last year’s call for names. See the full list of suggestions received here.