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Fawcett, William (1786-1824)

Fawcett, William, Boar Lane, Leeds, Yorks., carver and gilder (1786–1824). Recorded at no. 17 in 1817. Moved to new premises, also in Boar Lane, in 1820. Recorded at no. 21 in 1822. Advertised in Leeds Mercury between 1786–1807: in 1786 his stock of ‘Glass & Picture frames, Girandoles etc. in burnished gold & also in black’; and in Leeds Intelligencer, 9 June 1789, that he ‘makes chimney pieces, glass frames, girandoles — and also has in stock an elegant assortment of Burnished gold picture frame patterns which may be viewed by customers.’ Other very descriptive advertisements occur on 2 October 1815, 15 April 1822, and in 1824. Announced change of premises in Leeds Mercury, 1820, offering thanks for thirty years patronage. His career included external carving in a stone-like composition, and the range of his internal carved and gilded work was certainly restricted. In later years he increasingly offered drawings and prints as well as frames. Probably the Fawcet of Leeds who supplied picture frames costing £32 4s 3d to Edward, Lord Lascelles, of Harewood House, on 20 December 1799. [D; Leeds archives dept, Harewood MS 191]

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