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Edmonds, —

Edmonds, —, address unrecorded, ‘inventor’ (1744). Notice in Daily Advertiser, 23 April 1744 concerned the sale ‘by Order of the Creditors of Mr. Edmonds the Inventor’ of ‘That curious Piece of Machinery, call'd the Temple of Arts and Sciences … This most valuable Structure of Mahogany, in form of a Roman Temple, neatly carved and gilt, finely embellish'd with emblematical figures …’ painted and carved, representing geography, astonomy, night, music, mathematics and painting. The contraption incorporated ‘a moving Picture, representing Mount Parnassus, where Clouds break away, and Apollo appears with the Muses while the Most sublime Pieces of Mr. Handel's Musick are perform'd by the Machine…’.

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