Painted by William Gush (1813–1888), Early-mid 1800s
John Mason served as Book Steward of the Book Room, the Methodist Publishing House in City Road, for thirty-seven years. With good financial acumen and business sense, he cleared many of the Book Room's debts and put the business onto a much sounder footing. Earlier in his career, he had served as Foreign Missions Secretary of the Church. Also compare this painting to 1999/6633, listed in the Collection register as a 'portrait of an unknown young man'. Painted around thirty years earlier, the similarity of the sitter is striking.
William Gush was a well-known Victorian artist. He exhibited 53 pictures at the Royal Academy and the National Portrait Gallery in London owns many of his works.