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Donaldson, Thomas (1803-35)

Donaldson, Thomas, High St, Shrewsbury, Salop, joiner, carver and gilder (1803–35). [D] Recorded at St Chad's Hill in 1822. Named in the Shrewsbury burgess roll, 1806, in which year his son James was born; he too became a carver and gilder. Supplied items to Lord Berwick for Attingham Park, Salop: in 1806, pier glasses and tables for the Drawing Room; and in 1811 a pair of coromandel side tables with marble tops and gilt chimera supports for the Picture Gallery. These survive in situ. T. J. Howell in The Stranger in Shrewsbury, 1816, described Attingham, noting ‘the rich and costly carvings and ornamental furniture … executed by Mr. Donaldson of Shrewsbury, whose correct taste in that fine art is too well appreciated to need any eulogium here’. [Nat. Trust guide to Attingham Park, pp. 8 and 13]

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