U is for Upholsterer
By WALKER, James Kinlock , 1845

James Kinlock Walker, Feather Bed Bedstead & Cabinet Manufactory, & Bed Feather Warehouse. Upholsterer, Appraiser & Undertaker

  • Author: WALKER, James Kinlock
  • Publication place: [London]
  • Publisher: 39 & 40 Drury Lane, Facing Great Queen Street – Corner of Long Acre
  • Publication date: c1845
  • Physical description: Engraved broadside.
  • Dimensions: 140 by 110mm. (5.5 by 4.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17769


James Kinlock Walker is listed as an upholsterer in the London Post Office Directory of 1843, at which time he was active at his premises on Drury Lane. He had been at this address for several years, as in 1837 the voters roll from the East Sussex Election, he was listed as resident there, despite being a registered voter in Brighton. At the shop, which also served as manufactory and warehouse, customers could acquire a range of domestic furniture from cabinets to beds, as well as taking advantage of Walker’s upholstering services. His large shop-front appears on the present broadside with a variety of goods displayed in the window and a broad sign identifying it above. The Gentleman’s Magazine reported the death of Walker, aged just 43, in 1846.

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