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Bonnel(l), Thomas (1744-82)

Bonnel(l), Thomas, 133 Long Acre, London, upholder and cm (1744–d. 1782). In partnership with William Simmon(d)s, cm, St Martin-in-the-Fields, when declared bankrupt, Gents Mag., April 1744. Sale announced in Daily Advertiser, 14 March 1744, of ‘All the entire genuine Stock in Trade of those ingenious and eminent Cabinet Makers, Mess. Bonnell and Simmonds, consisting of several curious pieces of Work in Mahogany, Walnut-Tree, Amboyna and other Woods, viz. Buroes, Cabinets, Bookcases and Tables, with many other pieces of Furniture, finish'd in the most elegant Taste …’. Death reported in Gents Mag., 9 March 1782, stating he was ‘many years a cabinet-maker in Long Acre, and lately retired from business’. [D; poll bk] Probably the Bonnell of London named in the St John's College, Cambridge, account bk in 1748 supplying ‘chairs for the Lodge’, totalling £19 13s 6d. Probably also the Bonnel who was paid £18 0s 6d in 1771 for work at Longford Castle. [V & A archives]

The original entry from Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 can be found at British History Online.