Ralph Thrale, who acquired the Anchor Brewery at Southwark in 1729.
Samuel Whitbread (1720-1796), who entered brewing in 1742.
A cut-out silhouette portrait of John Courage, who took over the Anchor Brewery in 1787, from a c.1970s beer mat.
Benjamin Truman, grandson of the founder of Truman’s, who expanded the brewery in the 18th century. This portrait is by Thomas Gainsborough and dates from around 1770.
Henry Boddington I, aged 33, in 1847, a year before he became a partner in the Manchester brewery he would later take over and to which he would give his name.
Michael Thomas Bass, grandson of William Bass Jr, who oversaw the brewery’s enormous growth in the 19th century.
George Simonds (1843-1929), grandson of the founder of Simonds of Reading, and brewery Chairman. He was also a sculptor and, as you can see, a keen falconer.
It’s surprisingly hard to come by portraits of brewers (or brewery owners, at least) even though we’re certain there must be lots of them knocking about in boardrooms and regional galleries. Here are a few we’ve found.