T is for Tin Man
By TUDWAY, Jo[h]n , 1756

Jon. Tudway Tinn Man... Makes & Sells all Sorts of Tinn Wares, all Sorts of Glass Lanthorns. And Funnells for Smoakey Chimneys &c. Likenwise Furnishes Gentlemen With Lamp and Lamp Irons By the Week of Quarter. NB Brass & Copper Tinn’d & Mended

  • Author: TUDWAY, Jo[h]n
  • Publication place: [London]
  • Publisher: At Ye Three Lamps Charing Cross
  • Publication date: c1756
  • Physical description: Engraved trade card.
  • Dimensions: 175 by 130mm (7 by 5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17965


Trade card for John Tudway, who manufactured and sold a range of goods in tin, glass, brass and copper from his premises at Charing Cross. His card also advertises a service by which he “furnishes Gentlemen with Lamp and Lamp Irons By the Week or Quarter”. The text is framed by an elaborate arch topped with Tudway’s sign of three lamps.

Tudway was listed as eligible to vote in London as a resident of Charing Cross in ‘The Westminster Poll Book’ of 1774, and his will from 1790 saw him living at Saint Martin in the Fields, also in Central London. By coincidence, there was another tin-worker named John Tudway who was almost his contemporary, but was based in Bristol. There exist multiple other examples of Tudway’s trade card, with dates of sales and contracts written on several, placing his period of activity during the 1750s, 1760s, and 1770s.


  1. BM Heal 85.296

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