48 Gt Marlborough St, London; cabinet maker, commode maker (fl. 1783-8)
Apprenticed in the 1770s to Samuel Troughton, a painter and japanner, in Birmingham. Employed at Carlton House, 1783–86, when his bill totalling £55 15s 6d was examined by Henry Holland. This sum included £50 for supplying the Prince of Wales in 1783 with ‘an elegant commode highly finished with a basket of flowers painted in the front of the body and sprays of jasmine all over the top, and ditto on the front, the body with carved and gilt mouldings and legs’. Gilt wood armchair with original covers of silk damask recorded, stamped with the initials ‘G.B.’ for George Brookshaw. Advertised in the Morning Herald, April 1788, stating that the painting on some of his work was ‘burnt in’, presumably meaning stove dried. A pair of painted half round pier tables in the V&A is attributed to him (V&A 349 & 349a-1871)
Source: DEFM; Jones, ‘George Brookshaw - Japanner! Further Light on Japanned Metal and Papier Mâché Furniture c.1740- c. 1820’, FHS Newsletter (February 2009).