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John Blades

(1751-1829), Sheriff of London and Middlesex; Glass manufacturer

Sitter in 2 portraits

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John Blades, by William Say, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D713

John Blades

by William Say, after Sir William Beechey
mezzotint, circa 1803-1834
NPG D713

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John Blades

by William Say, after Sir William Beechey
mezzotint, circa 1803-1834
NPG D18942

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Peter Bradley

19 October 2016, 13:49

John Blades was a famous Regency glassmaker, whose showrooms were on Ludgate Hill. His clients included the Prince Regent and the Shah of Persia and a chandelier by him is in Spencer House, London. He is known in south London because the estate he put together in the 1800s eventually turned into Brockwell Park, one of Lambeth's greatest parks. His 1811-13 villa designed by David Riddall Roper, still stands. He is buried where he got married, St Bride's, Fleet Street, where his large memorial stone can be seen in the crypt.

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