S is for Scowerer
By RIDLEY, ?H[enry], 1823
H. Ridley Silk, Linen & Woollen, Dyer & Scowerer, … All kinds of Silks & Satins, Ladies Gowns, Bed Furniture &c. Clean’d Dyed. & Glazed in the neatest. Manner. Gentlemen’s Clothes, Carpets, & Blankets Cleaned
- Author: RIDLEY, ?H[enry]
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: 15 Gray’s Inn Lane, Holborn
- Publication date: ?[c1823].
- Physical description: Engraved trade card.
- Dimensions: 80 by 60mm (3.25 by 2.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17898
According to Henry Benjamin Wheatley’s ‘London, Past and Present’ (1891), “Gray’s Inn Lane was cleared away in 1879–1880 by the Metropolitan Board of Works, under the provision of the Artisans’ and Labourers’ Dwellings Act, and the roadway widened”. This provides a terminus ante quam for Ridley’s business, and the general style of the engraving supports an operating period during the nineteenth century.