Industry and Ingenuity: The Partnership of William Ince and John Mayhew (2022)

ISBN: 9781781301098
Artist(s): William Ince and John Mayhew
Author(s): Hugh Roberts and Charles Cator
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2022
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 432
Illustrations: Lavishly Illustrated


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The first comprehensive study of William Ince and John Mayhew’s famous eighteenth-century cabinetmaking partnership, complemented by high-quality photographs of their work.

The partnership of William Ince (1737–1804) and John Mayhew (1736–1811) ran from 1758 to 1804, and was one of the most enduring and well-connected collaborations in Georgian London’s tight-knit cabinetmaking community. The partners’ clientele was probably larger, and, arguably their work was more influential over a longer period, than most other leading metropolitan makers – even, perhaps, than that of their older contemporary, the celebrated Thomas Chippendale.

Despite their considerable output and an impressive tally of clients and commissions, much of Ince and Mayhew’s work has remained unidentified until recent times. The authors’ substantial research in private family archives, county record offices and bank archives has allowed them to uncover much new evidence about the business and its influence within cabinetmaking circles. In Industry and Ingenuity, the results of these new investigations are presented alongside an impressive selection of more than 500 photographs of Ince and Mayhew’s works, emphasising the partnership’s proper position in the pantheon of great eighteenth-century cabinetmakers.


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