Lancaster, Lancs.; cabinet maker (fl.1818-41)
He was mentioned in the Gillow archives from about 1818 to 1841. He made a rosewood antique table for Robert Gillow in July 1827. In December 1839 he made an oak Gothic chair for the Primate of Ireland with the assistance of J or I. Robinson; Shrigley varnished it, Farmer carved it and G. Romney set it out. He was listed in the Gillow’s Petty Ledger for 1834-39. In May 1839 he made a rosewood bookcase with I. Robinson for Samuel Thompson Esq. On 14 May 1835 he was named with twenty-four others on Gillow & Co's payroll when he earned £4 15s 7½d. Other furniture illustrated in the Estimate Sketch Books between 1839 and 1841 includes a sideboard; a circular loo table for Sir George Musgrave; for Ferguson & Co. an oak armour case; an oak pedestal for billiard cues for Wm. Cuthbert; a satinwood tray top table & a similar table with a rectangular top for the Wellington Rooms, Liverpool. 'R Irvin' was inscribed in pencil under several drawers in a mahogany secretaire bookcase c.1830-1840 sold by Bonhams, north of England, in 2002. The design was illustrated in Gillow’s records in 1854 (Ferguson Co., C.W. Packe, a birch secretaire and bookcase). ‘R. IRVIN’ was stamped under a hall chair in a bedroom in Lytham Hall, Lancashire. It is not part of the original furnishings, however.
Sources: DEFM; Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840 (2008), II, p. 252