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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…

Gordon, John and Taitt, John and Richard (1748–96)

Although the firm of John Gordon and John Taitt received a number of important commissions in the 1770s, relatively little is known about the two partners’ early careers. The origins of John Gordon have yet to be discovered, but from his will…

Naish, Catherine (1759–72)

A noted supplier of furniture to the Royal family. The earliest known commission was a set of eight mahogany backstools with compass fronts and tops at 15s each for Prince William's House in Leicester Sq. These were supplied in 1759 the year…

Pocock, William (b.1750–1825)

Initially practised the trade of carpenter in London. He was made a member of the Carpenters’ Co. by redemption in 1782. By 1786 he was operating a flourishing building business in Essex and it was through this connection that he first became interested…

Seddon, George (1753–1868)

The firm of Seddon was the largest furniture-making firm in London in the last quarter of the 18th century when it employed more people, held more extensive stocks and produced a wider-range of goods than any other furnituremaking business It remained of…

Thompson, Francis

from Mr. AYLIFFE, Turner to His Majesty’ (c.1750). Trade card shows three cabriole-legged chairs with tall, shaped backs and vertical splats, and states that Thompson ‘MAKETH and SELLETH all Sorts of dy'd Beach Chairs, Brushes,…

Thorn, — (1764)

Trade card gives long list of stock including floor cloths, cradles, baskets, butlers’ trays, tea boards and chests, spice cupboards, backgammon tables, close stools, ‘Chairs…

Williams, Henry (1717–58)

In 1717 he was occupying a brick house and workshop on the south side of Long Acre, abutting the east side of Bagnio Walk. This property he insured for £250. His trade was given as ‘joyner’ but it is clear that from an early stage he was strongly involved…