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Copland, Henry (1720-53)

Copland, Henry, Gutter Lane, Cheapside, London, engraver and designer (1720–d. 1753). Trained as a silver engraver. App. to goldsmiths in 1720 and 1724. His engraved work popularised the Rococo style. In 1746 he published in conjunction with Bucksher A New Book Of Ornaments. Much better known is his liason with Matthias Lock, the carver and designer. In 1752 they co-operated in the publication of an important design book under the same title as that used for the 1746 book. The only subsequent publication known of interest to furniture historians is the inclusion in Robert Manwaring's The Chair-Maker's Guide, 1776, of designs by Copland for hall chairs (pls 58A–59C). [Furn. Hist., 1979; V & A, Rococo Exhib., 1984, D29, p. 323, fn.20]

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