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Bransby, Robert (1668–74)

One of the agents in Britain for the tapestry firm of Michiel and Philip Wauters, Antwerp. He is mentioned in a letter of 17 March 1668 from the Earl of Lauderdale to the Privy Council of Scotland concerning a set of tapestries, ‘The Story of…

Brookshaw, George

‘Peintre-Ebéniste par Extraordinaire’ (1783–86). Employed at Carlton House, 1783–86, when his bill totalling £55 15s 6d was examined by Henry Holland. This sum included £50 for supplying the Prince of Wales in 1783 with ‘an elegant commode…

Channon, John (b. 1711–d. c. 1783)

In the 18th century there were many Channons living in Exeter and Tiverton, and it is not always possible to establish their precise relationship to each other. However, it is likely that John was the younger brother of Otho, an Exeter chair…

Cullen, James (1754–79)

Listed in London directories between 1765 and 1779. Nothing is known of his background before 1754 when, together with ‘several of the principal wrights in Edinburgh’ he advertised the formation of the Edinburgh Upholstery, Joiner and…

Elward, George & Marsh, William (1774–1840)

WILLIAM MARSH. The earliest record of his name that has appeared so far is an entry for insurance cover of £1,500 in 1774 [GL, Sun MS vol. 236, ref. 348625] where he is described as ‘upholder … near Charles Street in Mount…

Goodison, Benjamin (c. 1700–67)

Benjamin Goodison first comes to notice on 7 September 1719 when he signed for money for ‘my master’ James Moore from the Duchess of Marlborough. [BL, Add. MS 61354, f.76; Ian Caldwell in The Antique Collector, May 1986, p. 96] Further on 1 April 1720 he…

Grendey, Giles (b. 1693–d. 1780)

Giles Grendey was born in Wotton-under-Edge, Glos., the son of William Grendey, and his wife Anne (neé Hall). In 1709 he was app. to William Sherborne, a second-generation London joiner. [GL, Indenture] His seven years expired in 1716 when he became a…

Hoarsy, John

address unrecorded. Possibly the maker of a Charles II walnut open armchair from Stoneleigh Abbey, Warks. Chair has narrow cane-panelled splat edged with scrolls, crown and putto cresting. A surviving account…

Humble, John

address unrecorded. In 1828 supplied a set of heavily carved elm dining room furniture, consisting of a table, ten chairs, two armchairs and a cellaret, to Nunnykirk House, Northumb. The cellaret is of…

Linnell, John (1729–d. 1796)

John Linnell was the eldest son of William Linnell and his wife, Mary Butler. He was probably trained as a furniture maker in his father's workshop although he was not formally app. to his father nor has any record of his apprenticeship come to …