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Reason, William (1736-1754)

Reason, William

London; upholder (fl. 1736–54)

Recorded at St Martin-in-the-Fields in 1736 when he bound an apprentice named Jeffries. 

Polled at Westminster of Long Acre in 1749. 

Named in the Royal Household accounts in partnership with Sarah Gilbert, 1736–41; with Sarah Lowys, 1742–44; and alone, 1745–54. 

Frequently employed in the Royal palaces towards the end of George II's reign. In 1752–53 he re-covered a fourleaved screen with harateen and trimmed it with silk garnished with brass nails ‘for Mr. Schroider, the King's Page’; and in the same year there is an item of £66 17s in his bills for Princess Amelia's drawing-room ‘hung all over down to the surbase first with fine Linnen then with White Paper over Do Linnen, India Paper over that, neatly finished with Pictures over the Doors & Chimney with Bordering Compleat …’. 

The Royal accounts show him providing carpets, curtains and bedding, and covering the King's chair and stools at the palaces of St James, Kensington, Hampton Court and Richmond. 

Reason was appointed Royal upholsterer to George II, but dismissed from his post on account of dishonest practices [TNA, LC9/289–91; Society of Genealogists, apprentice index].

Source: DEFM

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