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Fletcher, Richard (1770)

Fletcher, Richard

at ‘The Golden Head’, 50, corner of Tower Royal, Watling St, London, removed from 143 Fleet St, carver, gilder and picture frame maker (fl. c.1770) 

Trade card
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© The Trustees of the British Museum

Trade card of Richard Fletcher at No 50 at the Corner of Tower Royal Watling Street, c. 1770 (Banks,32.22). © The Trustees of the British Museum

Rococo trade label found on back of picture at Freshford Manor, Bath, states that he ‘Makes & Sells all Sorts of Carved Brackets, Sconces, Picture and Chimney Frames, Walnuttree & Mahogany ditto, with all manner of black Peartree & Deal Frames, for Maps, Prints or Drawings. Pictures carefully Clean'd & broken Paintings Mended: with Carvers & Gilders work in all its various branches expeditiously done after the neatest & newest Taste, at the lowest Prices. NB. Prints &c. Pasted Framed and Glazed very reasonable. I always keep by me Peartree & Deal Mouldings fit for Picture frames of any Breadth, ready to make up at a short warning or Sold as they are for Town or Country.’ [Heal Coll., BM]. A carved picture frame enclosing a shellwork armorial, c.1760-1770, the reverse with a damaged printed rococo label with a similar text but the address given as ‘The Golden Head’ is illustrated in Gilbert (1996), figs 356 and 358, and sold at Christie’s, 16 March 1995, lot 1.

Source: DEFM; Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840 (1996).


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