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Baxter, Anthony Thomas (1730-38)

Baxter, Anthony Thomas, ‘The Naked Boy’, Henrietta St, Covent Gdn, London, cm (1730–38). Letters to Baxter from Mrs Elizabeth Purefoy and her son Henry, of Shalstone, Bucks., discuss work he carried out for them from 1730–38. On 11 January 1735 Mrs Purefoy commissioned him for quilting patterns, whilst on 1 February 1735 her son wrote to Baxter, ‘My mother would have one of the new fashioned low beds with 4 posts to them and a quilt to the same, she will endeavour to learn how many yards will do … If you have any freind an upholsterer let me know between this and next Saturday what quantity he thinks it requires …’ Mrs Purefoy, however, ‘is unwilling to give above 10s. a yard for the Quilting’. On 21 May 1738 she wrote to Baxter requesting 18 yards of chintz to make window curtains for a drawing room. [G. Eland, The Purefoy Letters, 1735–53; W. T. Whitley, Artists and their Friends; Heal]

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