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British picture framemakers, 1600-1950 - O

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Updated March 2014
John Overlove 1741-1773, Joseph Overlove 1773-1782, Aldgate ward, London from 1741, Leadenhall St by 1748, ‘The Golden Key’, 36 Leadenhall St by and probably before 1775-1782. Picture framemaker and gilder.

John Overlove (active 1741-d.1774) was listed in Aldgate ward in land tax records from 1741 to 1773. He and his wife, Mary, had seven children christened between 1744 and 1756, John in 1744 and Elizabeth in 1745 at St Andrew Undershaft and Joseph in 1748 and four further children at St Katherine Creechurch. John Overlove was mentioned in advertisements for newly published prints in 1748 and 1763 and as a picture framemaker in 1773 (General Advertiser 20 April 1748, Gazeteer and London Advertiser 9 June 1763, Daily Advertiser 5 August 1773). Later in 1773, he advertised that he had retired from business through ill-health and that his son Joseph would be continuing the trade (Daily Advertiser 25 October 1773). He died in 1774 (London Evening Post 6 August 1774). In his will, made 21 March and proved 15 August 1774, John Overlove, gentleman of Hoxton, made provision for his wife Mary and left the lease of his house in Leadenhall St to his son Joseph together with his goods and instruments of trade.

Joseph Overlove (1748-82) traded initially as an oilman at 33 Leadenhall St, where he was recorded in 1771 and 1772. He married Ann Pugh in 1773 at St Katherine Creechurch and advertised the following year that he was carrying on his father’s business following his death (Daily Advertiser 20 August 1774). He himself died in January 1782 (Whitehall Evening Post 29 January 1782). In his will, made 25 March 1778 and proved 6 February 1782, Joseph Overlove, picture framemaker and gilder of Leadenhall St, left his estate to his wife, Ann. A sale of his estate was held later that year (Morning Post 19 August 1782).

The carver and gilder, Thomas Merle (qv), advertised as Overlove’s successor.

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