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Fort (or Forst), Alexander (1645-1706)

Fort (or Forst), Alexander, London, joiner (c. 1645–1706). App. to Henry Phillips, 1659. Master Joiner in the Office of Works, 1678, but not able to take it up until 1688. Employed at Whitehall, St James's, Westminster, Hampton Court and with Henry Lobb at Kensington Palace in the reign of William III. In April 1689 he supplied ‘Wainscott in her Maties new Bedchamber, drawing Room, Closett & passages’, costing £67 4s, and ‘377 foot of Italian Moulding round the doors 5” deep’, for Hampton Court. In the same year he also supplied there ‘a carved walnuttree table to sett flowers on’, costing £2 10s. In 1691, as master joiner, he was paid for making a frame for a marble table, for Kensington Palace. [Royal tradesmen's accounts, Lord Chamberlain's Office; PRO, Works, 5/55; DEF; Conn., vol. 127, 1931, p. 87; Beard, Craftsmen and Interior Decoration, p. 259]

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