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Bradshaw, George Smith (b. 1717–d. 1812)

Addresses given at Greek St, Soho, 1737– 59; no. 59 from 1755 (previously the workshop of William Bradshaw); at 80 Dean St with store room at Sutton St, Soho Sq. in 1755; Dean St, 1759–93; at Crown Ct, Dean St, 1769– 87; as Bradshaw,…

Cooke, Thomas (1746–64)

In 1746 at ‘The Crown & Cushion’, Gt Queen St, Lincoln's Inn Fields. From this address he announced his intention of selling up his stock and going into partnership with ‘Mr Nash at the Royal Bed, Holbourn-…

Elliott, Charles (1752–d. 1832)

and successors. Charles Elliott was one of the chief London cm of the late 18th century. He held royal appointments from 1783–c. 1810, and was succeeded as royal cm and u by William Francis, his brother-in-law and partner. The firm continued in the royal…

Eyre(s), James & Large, James (1777–99)

Eyre is recorded alone at this address in 1799, and James Eyre (or Ayre) alone took out Sun Insurance policies in 1783 and 1784 for £1,500 and £2,100, utensils and stock accounting for £1,200 and £1,800 respectively. Eyres and Large took out insurance…

France & Banting (1812–40)

This partnership of William France jnr and William Banting was established in 1812. They are well represented in the Royal Household accounts, 1813–19. [PRO, LC 11/15; LC 11/27] They did upholstery, repairs, cleaning, moving, alterations and…

Gee, John (1779–c. 1824)

also listed as Gee & Sons (1809) and Gee, Thomas Ayliffe (1804– 09?). In about 1779 John Gee replaced Thomas Ayliffe as partner to Benjamin Crompton, who had been Turner in Ordinary to George III since 1762. On 14 October 1787 Gee was…

Gilroy, John (1774–82)

Worked for the Royal Household and in 1776 provided furnishings for the ‘New Court in Westminster Hall, for the Tryal of Elizabeth, who stiles herself the Dutchess of Kingston, on the 15th of April’. Supplied bedding, curtains, carpet…

Lapierre, Francis (1688–d. 1717)

An important Huguenot u who was employed on an extensive scale by the Crown and on major furnishing schemes in the last years of the 17th and the first two decades of the 18th century. His French nationality led him to be prosecuted…

Morris, Robert (1660–70)

Appointed u to Charles II after the Restoration, but in 1661 was forced, as several other Royal u were, to humbly petition the King for settlement of his account. He wrote that he had always been ready ‘to manifest his duty to your Mat.ie, since your…

Oakley, George (1773–1840)

The firm of George Oakley produced stylish furniture in the Grecian taste during the decades spanning the turn of the 19th century, and was one of the pioneers of ‘Buhl’ inlay, a form of decoration that regained popularity during the early years of the…