Revisiting London paper hangings tradesmen I: Crompton & Spinnage, c.1750-c.1770

Taylor, Clare (2020). Revisiting London paper hangings tradesmen I: Crompton & Spinnage, c.1750-c.1770. The Wallpaper History Review, 2020 pp. 44–50.

Abstract

This study of the London partnership of Crompton & Spinnage sheds new light on the firm and its clients. It highlights the significance of Spinnage's expertise in paint finishes, alongside that of Crompton in carpets and floor-cloths, showing how these skills enabled them to move into the supply of Chinese wallpapers, as well as manufacturing their own printed and flocked wallpapers and papier mache. It outlines the value placed on the firm's bespoke finishes by clients including the 4th Dukes of Bedford; Frederick, Prince of Wales; the Earl of Shelburne; the 6th Earl of Coventry and Henry Fownes Luttrell. The article also uncovers the issues of competition within the partnership, arguing these are characteristic of early paper hangings tradesmen.

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