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Art supplies in London: the colour shops of Elizabeth Moseley and Anna Barnes

2 April 2021

Painting in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries required the careful preparation of tools and materials. Pigments were ground and mixed with oils or other mediums such as gum arabic...

Mary Pyke (fl. 1669 – 1709)

8 March 2021

Mary Pyke was a silkwoman and milliner on the Royal Exchange in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Winter en Zomer, Wenceslaus Hollar, 1643 RP-P-OB-11.250 Public...

A Hosier near Hungerford Market: Ann Hodgson and her Partnership in Trade

1 March 2021

On 15 October 1718, Ann Hodgson ‘next the one Ton Tavern near Hungerford Market in the Strand’ took out an insurance policy for her goods and merchandise as a hosier.[1]...

Rhoda Moreland (fl. 1721-1736)

15 November 2020

Rhoda Moreland was a milliner on Leadenhall Street and freemen of the Painter-Stainers’ Company. Moreland was admitted to the Painter-Stainers’ Company by patrimony on...