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Townson, William (1755-60)

Townson, William, Norfolk, cm (1755–60). Probably the Townson who supplied furniture to Holkham Hall, Norfolk, between 1755–58. The accounts for 1755 total £10 16s and include ‘3 Chinese cherry tree chairs for ye attics’ and armchair to match; ‘4 walnut tree chairs’, also for the attics; winscot and mahogany tables; a ‘mahogany stand for a basin’; a ‘walnut tree frame & drawers for an inlaid top for a table’; a model of a chair, and four close stools. In 1757 items supplied totalled £21 8s and included three carved mahogany chairs, a reading desk, and two carved and gilt mahogany chairs. In 1758 Townson charged £1 13s for a mahogany stand for a cistern, lamp stand and close stool. [V&A archives] Took app. named Lancaster in 1760 when he was recorded at Burnham Westgate. [S of G, app. index]

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