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Hutt, Richard (1739–48)

Hutt, Richard

St Paul's Churchyard, London; upholder and cabinet maker (fl.1739–48)

Possibly the son of John Hutt (1710-29) and Elizabeth Hutt (1741-49). A bill from Elizabeth Hutt & Son Upholders, at the Blew Curtain, St Paul’s Churchyard, made out to Mr Willm Ilbert of Bowringsleigh for the supply of an upholstered suite of six chairs and two settees and other items (total £19 8s 6d) in 1739 was receipted by Richard Hutt. The bill, one of the chairs and a settee are illus. Furniture History (1993) pp. 40 & 41. Traded on his own account from 1745-48. Notice in Daily Advertiser, 2 January 1745 read: ‘On Friday, as Mr. Hutt, an eminent Cabinet Maker in St. Paul's Churchyard, and his Wife, were travelling the Essex Road in a Chaise, they were overturned, by which Accident she had the Misfortune to break her Leg, in so terrible a Manner, that her Life is despair'd of.’ Her death on 3 January 1745 was reported in the same paper on 9 January. Richard Hutt was declared bankrupt in Penny London Post, 10 June 1748.

Sources: DEFM; Jervis, ‘A 1739 Suite of Seat Furniture at Bowringsleigh’, Furniture History (1993).

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