Thomas Sheraton (British, 17511806)
Rogers Fund (161 Sh5)
Design for an armchair illustrated on plate 33 of Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book. Sheraton published this influential pattern book in forty-two biweekly installments between 1791 and 1793. The first complete edition of the Drawing-Book was issued in two volumes in 1793 and included sixty-nine designs for furniture. Sheraton added an "Accompaniement" with fourteen plates to the second edition in 1794 and published a revised edition in 1802. The only documented evidence of the Drawing-Book in America is a copy of the first edition bearing the signature of Thomas Seymour (17711848), son of John Seymour, an English cabinetmaker who emigrated to Portland, Maine, in 1785, and nine years later established himself in the trade in Boston with his son as partner. A number of designs in the Drawing-Book are repeated on American furniture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, including designs in Salem, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and other ports in the South.