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Dingwall, Alexander (1749-1774)

Dingwall, Alexander

Leicester Fields, Charing Cross, London; upholder and cabinet maker (fl. 1749–74)

Polled at Westminster in 1749. 

Declared bankrupt in Gents Magazine, May 1753; and sale of stock in trade announced, Public Advertiser, 20 June 1753, consisting of ‘4 Post Mahog. Bedsteads with Printed Cotton furnishings & water-closets, Pier & Sconce glasses in carved & gilt frames, mahog. Bureaus, Clothes Presses, Tables, Chests, & several other sorts of Cabinet Goods, all furnished in the neatest & best manner’. 

He bound an apprentice named Hen. Restell for £20 in 1754 and in the same year subscribed to Chippendale's Director. 

Between 1749-1755 he worked for the Duke of Gordon, buying furniture ‘at Mr. Joseph Thorpe's sale’, furnishing and carrying out repairs at the Duke's London house in Upper Grosvenor Street. This furniture included ‘A Neat Mahogany tea board’, ‘A strong solid walnut tree chest’, a cradle, beds floorcloths, and ‘5 strong Marlborough chairs with leather seats’, totalling £133 15s 9d. 

An additional account for March to June 1752 records payment for repairs, and plates of silvered and Venice glass with ‘Dale’ and japanned frames. 

On 12 October 1752, Dingwall was paid for putting up curtains and providing the Duchess of Gordon with ‘a strong wainscot mouse cage’. The Duke died in August 1752, and Dingwall helped with the funeral arrangements, suppling drapes with the Duke's arms, and ‘2 Outside mourning frames, covered with black bayes’, fixed at the late Duke's houses in London and Enfield. The new Duke continued to patronize Dingwall, who carried out repairs to furniture in 1754, and provided the Duke, then twelve years old, with a fully equipped tool box in December 1755. 

Polled in 1774.

Sources: DEFM; V & A archives; Scottish Record Office, GD 44/51/306–09.

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