Portrait of Richard Paley (circa 1802)

Richard Paley (1746-1808) was an early Leeds industrialist and entrepreneur specialising in cotton spinning, opening two steam powered cotton spinning mills in 1790.  He is seen as one of the fathers of large scale industry in Leeds, although his progressiveness was also his downfall, with the cotton industry later receding in Leeds for wool production.

The portrait will be added to the City’s collection of portraits of early Leeds industrialists.