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Vick, Christopher Wren (1831-41)

Vick, Christopher Wren, 132 North St, Brighton, Sussex, carver, japanner, gilder and ornamental painter (1831–41). Recorded also at 148 North St in 1839. Named in the Windsor Royal Archives on 30 June 1833 providing ‘6 Elbow Chairs —Japanned w. various Chinese devices & twice Varnished’, costing £5 8s; on 14 October 1833 a ‘Cheval Glass in King's Bed Room — regilt in mat & Burnished Gold’, £7; on 31 December 1833, ‘Painting a Sideboard in Imitation Bamboo & 3 times Varnished’, £2 10s; and on 31 December 1834, supplying ‘12 Chairs Japanned Bamboo pattern & China characters in Tablet-backs Twice varnished’, £4 10s. From 30 June 1835 to 30 June 1841 Vick worked at Brighton Pavilion, on 30 June 1836 receiving £1 4s for ‘Painting, graining & twice varnishing two new stools for Chapel’: and on 30 June 1839, charging for ‘Cleaning, regilding, Painting & Ornamenting Chairs, Sofas, Looking Glass frames and Sundry other jobs; throughout the principal suite of Apartment’. He also revarnished a set of forty-eight bamboo chairs at the Pavilion. Carried out jobbing work at Buckingham Palace, charging £7 1s 4½d, which included ‘21 days and 7½ hours’ work painting and running gild lines on tables for Queen's Drawing Room’. [D; Windsor Royal Archives, account bks, 1833–41, V; PRO, LC11/80, 86 and 100; E. T. Joy, English Furniture, 1800–1851, p. 187]

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