Atkinson, Thomas

London; cabinet maker, upholder and looking-glass maker(1748–76)
Admitted a member of the Joiners’ Co. on 5 July 1748. Subscribed to Chippendale's Director, 1754. Traded from an address at ‘The Sun’ on the south side of St Paul's Churchyard. On his trade card he claimed to be the successor ‘to the late Mr. Belcher’. He offered ‘all sorts of Cabinetwork, Chairs, Looking Glasses, Coach Glasses, Spring Curtains, Window Blinds, and all Sorts of Upholstery Goods’, He is recorded in the City of London Licence bks employing nonfreemen, the number permitted rising to 8 for the period 1764–76. In 1773 he was operating from 3 Broadway, Blackfriars, near Ludgate St while his house was being rebuilt. An account for the supply of two neat night tables costing £5 5s, dated 25 September 1755, is recorded at the BM. [D; V & A archives; Heal; GL, City Licence bks vols 3–9; Landauer Coll., MMA, NY]