Dublin, Ireland; carver and gilder (fl.1755-d.1782)
Recorded at Blind Quay, 1755-73; 18 Parliament Street, 1774-82. Two pairs of labelled mirrors recorded, one at Leixlip Castle, Co. Kildare, another sold from Newtown Park, Co. Dublin, Christie’s, 20 September 1976, lot 12 (illus. Glin, Furniture History (1985), fig. 32, & Glin & Peill (2007), p. 266). One label reads: ‘WILLM PARTRIDGE, Carver Gilder and Glass Seller, Parliament Street Dublin’. Another labelled pier glass in the neo-Classical style was sold from Newtown Park House, Co, Dublin, in 1976 (illus. Glin & Peill (2007), fig.233). Little is known about Partridge’s career, but Thomas Johnson’s Life of the Author relates that Johnson spent two years in Dublin working for ‘Mr Partridge’ from 1753 to 1755. This was perhaps William Partridge or his father. Johnson stated that Partridge was ‘a principal carver in supplying the glass shops with frames… He promised me as much work as would serve myself, my three apprentices, and four journeymen, provided I would work for him only. To this I agreed’. Among the work done by Johnson for Partridge was some for Lady Arabella Denny, including a Gothic chimneypiece. After William’s death in 1782 the business was continued by his widow Jane.
Source: Glin, ‘Dublin Directories and Trade Labels’, Furniture History (1985); Simon, ‘Thomas Johnson's The Life of the Author’, Furniture History (2003); Glin & Peill, Irish Furniture (2007), pp. 87, 70, 294.