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Pearce, Edward (1665-95)

Pearce, Edward, Arundel St, Strand, London, carver (c. 1665–95). Son of Edward Pearce snr, painter-stainer (fl.1630–58). Possibly app. to Edward Bird, an artist, but unlike his father he does not appear to have followed this trade to any extent. His fame rests upon his work as a sculptor but he also undertook commissions as a wood carver. He is known to have worked for George Vernon at Sudbury, Derbs. (staircase carving, doors, etc., C. Life, 22 June 1935) and for Sir Charles Wolseley at Wolseley Hall, Staffs. In 1686 his work in the new dining-room at Wolseley was described by Robert Plot, Natural History of Staffordshire, as being inferior to none in the country. He undertook woodwork in Wren churches including that of St Lawrence Jewry and received £4 for ‘carving a wooden dragon for ye model for ye vane of copper of St. Mary-le-Bow’. He was also employed at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and by a number of City companies. He carved a wooden statue of Sir William Walworth for the Fishmonger's Company Hall. Buried at St Clement Danes, 1695. For full details of his life, and other commissions, see Wren Soc., vol. XX; Gunnis; Beard, Craftsmen and Interior Decoration in England, p. 274.

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