Hull: Whitefriars Press, [ca 1900]. Handsome three-quarter length portrait, 14cm x 10.5cm; mounted on gilt-edged card with holograph sentiment in black ink below image, "Yours faithfully / Thos. R. Ferens." Undated, but judging from the subject's age in the photograph, ca. 1890s. Faint surface scratching; some mottling to verso of mount; still Near Fine. Photo credited to "Barry" and published by James Plaxton & Co. at the Whitefriars Press, Hull.
Ferens rose to eminence in the 1880s as a principal of the firm of Reckitt & Sons, a prominent manufacturer of household goods and cleaning products. He served 13 years as an M.P. for Hull, beginning in 1906, and was a member of the Privy Council under King George V. He was a prominent advocate for temperance and for women's suffrage, and a benevolent philanthropist whose projects included the £250,000 bequest that established the University of Hull in 1925.