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Thomas Kay Watercolours

1901 - 1910

A collection of thirteen watercolours, by Thomas Kay. Each watercolour is mounted in a card frame. Five of the watercolours have been shown here.

These paintings were on sale as a lot, along with a book of prose and illustrations also by Thomas Kay, at an auction house in Gloucestershire.

Thomas Kay was the Mayor of Stockport from 1912 – 1913.  Alongside their pharmaceuticals manufacturing business, Thomas and his brother Samuel were passionate advocates for the arts.  The watercolours reflect Thomas combining this hobby with travel.  Thomas also created a trust fund to support musical education in Stockport.  

Thomas Kay was one of the Kay Brothers Limited, with his qualified chemist brother Samuel.  Kay Brothers Limited was a pharmaceutical manufacturing company established in Stockport in 1885. Their Coaguline cement won a prize medal at the Leeds International Exhibition in 1868; and the company knowledge in manufacturing adhesive substances later contributed to the production of the ‘sticky bomb’ hand grenade used by the British Army and the Home Guard during the Second World War. You can see an example of a sticky bomb in Stockport’s Our Connected History.

Purchased with grant aid from the Art Fund and the V&A Purchase Grant Fund