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Hutchins, Abigail (1757-70)

Hutchins, Abigail, address unrecorded, u and cm (1757–70). She worked with Abraham Hutchins for the 4th Duke of Bedford between 1757–60. After 1760 Abigail continued on her own, regularly supplying, cleaning and repairing bed furniture, curtains, damask wall hangings and upholstery for the Duke at Bedford House, London, Woburn Abbey, Beds., and the family house at Streatham. In August 1769 she provided, perhaps for Woburn Abbey, crimson silk and worsted line ‘to hang the pictures in the room that was hung with Tapestry according to Mr. Chambers’ plan’. Some furniture was supplied to the Duke, mainly for the servants’ rooms, but including, in 1764, six walnut back stools for Woburn Abbey, ‘the frames in dead white and gilt in burnished gold’, for £28 7s. Hassall Hutchins, probably her son, joined her in or before October 1769. [Bedford Office, London]

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