The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director

Artist and publisher: Thomas Chippendale (British, baptised Otley, West Yorkshire 1718–1779 London)

Artist: Matthew Darly (British, ca. 1720–1778 (?))

Artist: Tobias Müller (active London 1760s)

Artist: Johann Sebastian Müller (German, Nuremberg 1715–1785 London)

Artist: Cornelius Heinrich Hemmerich (active Britain, 18th century)

Artist: Butler Clowes (British, active London ca. 1760–1782)

Artist: Edward Rooker (British, London 1711–1774 London)

Artist: Isaac Taylor, I (British, Worcester 1730–1807 Edmonton, Greater London)

Artist: William Foster (British, 18th century)

Artist: Thomas Morris (British, active 1750–1800)

Artist: James Hullett (British, active 18th century)

Publisher: Thomas Becket (London)

Publisher: P. A. de Hondt (London)

Published in: London

Date: 1762

Medium: Illustrations: etching and engraving

Dimensions: book: 18 1/8 x 11 3/4 x 1 7/8 in. (46 x 29.8 x 4.7 cm)
page: 17 15/16 x 10 13/16 in. (45.6 x 27.5 cm)

Classifications: Books, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1982

Accession Number: 1982.1133


Although Thomas Chippendale's famous pattern book, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, was first published in 1754 and reissued the following year, it was only with a greatly enlarged new edition in 1762 that it had a serious influence in America, particularly in Philadelphia. Several copies are known to have been available there during the 1760s and, not surprisingly, Chippendale's richly carved style had a pervasive influence on local cabinetmaking.