HEPPLEWHITE, George (1727-1786); and Alice HEPPLEWHITE
The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide; or, Repository of Designs for Every Article of Household Furniture, in the newest and most approved taste ... The Third Edition, Improved
London: I. and J. Taylor, 1794. Folio. (13 1/2 x 9 inches). , 24pp. 128 engraved plates (on 127 sheets) after designs by George Hepplewhite.
Contemporary tree calf, gilt, rebacked, gilt spine, red morocco lettering piece
Hepplewhite's famed pattern book of furniture design.
"In 1788, Hepplewhite's widow published the Cabinet-maker and Upholsterer's Guide. Its aim was 'to follow the latest and most prevailing fashion' and to adhere 'to such articles only as are of general use.' The intended audience included both the cabinetmaker or upholsterer and the client (the 'mechanic' and 'gentleman' as Alice Hepplewhite put it). There followed a slightly revised edition in 1789 ... Hepplewhite's Guide was the first major pattern book of furniture to be published since the third edition of Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinetmaker's Director ... Hepplewhite's designs most closely compare with [Robert and James] Adam's drawings of the late 1780s, sharing their fashionably attenuated quality of design. The furniture is slender, and most of the decoration inlaid or painted rather than carved" (Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts). The first edition is complete with 126 plates; the 1789 edition included an additional bis plate (9) and this 1794 third edition included yet another additional bis plate (40*), as well as new engravings of several others.
Brunet III, 105; Millard, British 30.