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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,…

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…

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…

Cobb, John (c. 1715– 78)

John Cobb was presumably the one of that name put app. in 1729 to Tim Money, a Norwich u, for £45. [GL, Boyd's app. lists, vol. VI, p. 1155] Some support for a Norfolk origin appears in Cobb's will [PRO, Prob. 11/1044, f. 314] in which, in a codicil of…

Collins, William

Tothill Fields, London, (1812–23). The suite of gilt furniture presented to Greenwich Hospital in 1813 by John Fish of Kempton Park, Middlx, in memory of Nelson includes a lamp or torchère,…

Cooper, Joseph (1761–1828)

From 1761 to 1797 at 20 Noble St, Foster Lane. In 1761 he was licenced to employ three nonfreemen for three months and took out further licences to employ two non-freemen in 1762–63 and 1767. First mentioned in directories in 1763. In 1777 shown to have…

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…

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,…