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Barlow, William (1745-51)

Barlow, William, Swallow St, London, carver (1745–51). Worked for William Kent at 44 Berkeley Sq. in 1745, and with James Richards at Henry Pelham's house in Arlington St. His ‘Kentian’ friezes with foliages, festoons, shells and flowers cost 48s each. Barlow's bill dated 1745–46 for work done at Berkeley Sq. includes a six-legged table with ‘Raffle leaves, leather money & scal'd sides’, possibly a writing table designed by Kent. Thomas Banks, the sculptor, worked as a young man for Barlow, an ‘ornament carver’. Polled at Westminster in 1749, when he is recorded in Swallow St. In 1751 he was paid £220 by the 3rd Duke of Ancaster ‘possibly for mirrors at Grimsthorpe, Lincs.’ (Child's Bank). [Poll bk; C. Life, 13 September 1956; Beard, Craftsmen and Interior Decoration; C. Life Annual, 1965; C. Life, 28 May 1921, p. 645; Conn., June 1981, p. 144]

The original entry from Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 can be found at British History Online.