The Cabinet and Chair-Maker's Real Friend and Companion, or, the Whole System of Chair-Making Made plain and easy

Designer: Robert Manwaring (British, active 1760–ca. 1770)

Engraver: Robert Pranker (British, active 1755–76)

Engraver: J. Noual (British, active 1760s)

Publisher: Henry Webley (British, active London 1760s)

Publisher: A. Webley (British, active London, 1760s)

Published in: London

Date: 1765

Medium: Illustrations: engraving, etching

Dimensions: Book: 9 1/4 × 5 15/16 × 13/16 in. (23.5 × 15.1 × 2 cm)
Sheet: 5 1/2 x 9 1/16 in. (14 x 23 cm)

Classifications: Books, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932

Accession Number: 32.9.6


This modest book of designs demonstrates the kind of chairs middle-class English families might have bought and used in the 18th century. Its etched and engraved illustrations offer a sturdier and less costly alternative to the elaborate Rococo and Chinoiserie concoctions found in Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director.