This print was made for no. 2 of R. Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, Literature Fashions, Manufactures & c., published from 1809 until 1828, with over 3,000 subscribers before the end of the first year. It shows the premises of
Wedgwood & Byerley in York Street, St. James’s Square, with displays of the famous china.
Josiah Wedgwood (1730-95) always recognised the importance of having a shop in London and had many London addresses during his lifetime (as well as warehouses in Bath and Dublin). The London Manager (a prestigious appointment) from 1781 until his death in 1810 was Thomas Byerley, who held a quarter interest in the firm. After Josiah Wedgwood’s death, he entered into partnership with Wedgwood’s second son, also Josiah. During this time the firm was called Wedgwood & Byerley.
JJ Trades and Professions 6 (42)
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