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Ratcliffe, John (1740-67)

Ratcliffe, John, York, cm (1740–67). Recorded at Coney St in 1740; Low Ousegate in 1743; ‘next Door to the Sign of the Blue Anchor upon Ouse Bridge’ in 1746; and in St Helen's parish, 1759–67. Advertised in York Courant, 12 August 1740 as ‘John RATCLIFFE from Amsterdam, now living in Coney Street, York, Makes all Sorts of Cabinet-Work after the newest English, French and Dutch Fashions; Likewise Glass and Picture Frames; Pictures clean'd and refresh'd; also all Sorts of English and Dutch Varnish, and Lacquer made and sold by him.’ Advertised again on 9 August 1743 as a framemaker in Low Ousegate, who ‘Makes all Sorts of gilded or black Frames for Pictures or Prints’; and on 4 March 1746, announced sale at his shop on Ouse Bridge, ‘on Wednesday in the Assize week’ of ‘all Sorts of CABINET WORK … viz desks with Brass Mountings all other Sorts of Desks, Glasses, Tables and Chairs, &c.…’. Probably the JR, cm aged 50, recorded as having been resident for eight years in St Helen's parish in the 1767 Census of Roman Catholics. [Catholic Recusancy in York]

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