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Belcher, Thomas (1783)

Took out a Sun Insurance policy in 1783 for £300 of which utensils and stock accounted for £213. [GL, Sun MS vol. 313, p. 403] Possibly the Thomas Belcher who supplied to Sir John Griffin Griffin of Audley End, Essex, for his London house in New…

Belchier, John (1717–d. 1753)

A craftsman whose surname might suggest a Huguenot origin. The earliest references to a John ‘Belcher’ are to be found in the accounts of Boughton House, Northants. Between 1687 and 1710 amounts totalling £3,880 are recorded for glass, solder, piping,…

Bennington & Co (1832)

On 13 August 1832 supplied 24 ornamental double branch socket lights for lustres in Library and Drawing Room for Windsor Castle, costing £29 6s. [PRO, LC 11/77]

Bogaert(s) (or Bogeart), Peter (1792–1819)

Trading at 142 Tottenham Ct Rd in 1792, and as Bogaerts & Co. at 23 Air St, Piccadilly, 1809–19. [D; Westminster Ref. Lib., poor rate bk, D135] Took out Sun Insurance policies on 10 July 1792 for £100; and on 18 October 1809 for £300 on household…

Bone, Henry (1755–72)

Carved and inlaid the pulpit in St Mary's Church, Truro, which was incorporated in the present Truro Cathedral and forms St Mary's aisle, where the pulpit, slightly cut-down, still stands. It…

Boson, John (1720–d. 1743)

When John Boson died in April 1743 he had become one of a select group of craftsmen closely connected with the designs of William Kent. Vertue said of Boson that he was ‘a man of great ingenuity and undertook great works in his way for the prime people of…

Buckland, W (1814–16)

Report in Exeter Flying Post, 21 July 1814 that his app., John Glanfield, had run away, describing him as ‘about 5 feet 5 inches high, fair complexion and slight made. Whoever harbours or employs him after this notice will be…

Bullock, George (b. 1777/78– d. 1818)

Bullock's place of birth is unknown though at some stage he certainly lived in London: ‘August 27 1798 Mr Bullock the young artist who gained such great repute in Birmingham … returning to London, the statue business not answering his expectation. He now…

Chew, William (b. 1784–d. 1824)

Initially traded in partnership with his father John Chew under the style ‘Chew & Son’. In November 1811 it was announced that they were agents for ‘patent adjusting bedsteads for the relief of sick, lame & infirm persons’ devised by Messrs Parker…

Chippendale, Thomas snr (b. 1718–d. 1779)

Enjoys an international reputation as author of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director and is often described as ‘the Shakespeare of English furniture makers’: his career and achievements have been researched in depth and his name is now…