Lecture | Hugh Roberts on Ince & Mayhew

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 20, 2022

Marquetry top of one of a pair of tables made by Ince and Mayhew for the Earl of Caledon, 1785.

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From the FHS:

Sir Hugh Roberts | Ince & Mayhew: Interpreting the Record
The Furniture History Society Annual Lecture
In-person and online, Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London, 7 November 2022

The lecture marks the publication by Philip Wilson in 2023 of Industry and Ingenuity: the Partnership of William Ince and John Mayhew by Hugh Roberts and Charles Cator. This book is the culmination of many years of research by both authors. It brings together for the first time a corpus of well documented or firmly attributed work by one of the leading metropolitan cabinet-making firms of the eighteenth century, a firm which was as well-known and successful in its day as that of Thomas Chippendale.

By the time furniture history had become established as a serious area of study in the 20th century, much of the furniture produced by this long-lived business had lost its identity and no clear picture of the firm’s output existed. The lecture will examine the process by which the authors have been able to retrieve evidence of some ninety-seven commissions, and to reconnect around three hundred pieces of furniture with patrons and documents.

Admission to the lecture is free for FHS members, but attendance is by ticket only, which must be acquired in advance. Please apply to the Events Secretary by email or post. Numbers are limited to 90. We plan to live-stream the event for those who cannot attend in person.

Sir Hugh Roberts, GCVO, FSA, is Surveyor Emeritus of The Queen’s Works of Art and former Director of The Royal Collection.

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