In this week’s sale, we have this very striking portrait of Arthur Pickles OBE JP. He was an architect and property developer by trade, Liberal Party politician and, in 1951, became Mayor of Halifax.
He was a member of a nationally famous, local family. He was the elder brother of actor and broadcaster, Wilfred Pickles. His son was, James Pickles, circuit judge, barrister and newspaper columnist. His daughter, Christina Pickles played Ross’ mother in the long-running sitcom, Friends. His granddaughter, Carolyn Pickles, is also an actress who has appeared in The Bill, Emmerdale, Broadchurch and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.