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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…

Dowbiggin(g) (or Dowbiggen), Thomas (b. 1788–d. 1854)

After long neglect, Dowbiggin has at last come to light as probably the most highly reputed and successful cm of the 2nd quarter of the 19th century. He headed a celebrated and prosperous furniture, decorating and building business,…

Fuhrlohg, Christopher (b. c. 1740–d. after 1787)

Christopher Fuhrlohg came from a Swiss family which emigrated to Sweden. He was born in Stockholm in about 1740 as the 4th child of the master cm Johan Hugo Fürloh (1724–47). It is not known to whom he was app., but he set off on his travels as a…

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…

Haupt, Georg (b. 1741–d. 1784)

Georg Haupt was born in Stockholm on 10 August 1741. His father, Elias Haupt, was a master cm whose position in the Cabinet-Makers’ Guild appears to have entitled his son to preferential treatment. The young man was app. at thirteen, some…

Hervé, François (1781–96)

While François Hervé is known to have worked for the most fashionable and fastidious patrons, such as the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Devonshire and Earl Spencer, he still remains a shadowy figure. His name is virtually absent from the London directories…

Kennett, Robert & Kidd, William (1766–95)

Amongst the Chancery Masters’ Exhibits in the PRO is an account book of a furniture-making firm for 1792–95. [PRO, C 114/81] It is one of the few known ledgers of an 18th-century furniture-making firm and reveals an extensive trade. The firm was Robert…

Linnell, William (b. c. 1703–d. 1763)

William Linnell was the son of a yeoman, John Linnell of Hemel Hempstead, Herts. He went to London in 1717 to serve his apprenticeship with Michael Savage, a member of the Joiners’ Co. In 1719 he was turned over to John Townshend with whom he completed…

Mayhew, John and Ince, William (1736–d. 1811)

and Ince, William (d. 1804), London, cm. The partnership of John Mayhew and William Ince (1758/59–1804) was one of the most significant, probably the…

Morel, Nicholas and Morel & Hughes, Robert (1790–1830)

Although no firm evidence has been discovered Nicholas Morel may have been of French extraction and seems to have been associated with the group of Anglo-French craftsmen who worked for Henry Holland and Dominique Daguerre, particularly at…