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Gough, James (1785-93)

Gough, James, Piccadilly, London, carver and gilder and manufacturer of composition ornaments (1785–93). At 19 Piccadilly until 1789 but from 1790 at 219. Bankrupt 1793. Patronised by Lord Howard of Audley End, Essex, 1786–87. For the period 2 June to 5 August 1786 his purchases totalled £70 14s 10d from which a discount of £8 3s 6d was allowed. Two large picture frames cost £13 15s 7½d each, while a glass frame ‘in Burnish gold & silver with inrichments containing 21 feet 2 inces at 8s’ cost £8 9s 4d. The largest item was however ‘398 feet 6 in of Broad Hollow Mouldg in best Burnish gold’ costing in total £16 12s 1d. Accounts in the following year included ‘a large sq. frame in Burnish gold & silver’ at £11 17s 6d and sundry other items totally £17 13s. The business operated by James Gouch was of respectable size from the onset of trading and in 1785 he insured his stock for £500. [D; GL, Sun MS vol. 328, p. 145; Bailey's list of bankrupts; Essex RO, D/DBy/A44/10, A45/3, A45/8, A46/4]

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