BISHOP, William, “Bishop of Bond Street”. 20541



Autograph Letter Signed ‘William Bishop’, to the Honble. J.Barrington (”My Kind Soul”), wishing his “Dear family all the blessings of this Life and a happy New Year …” 1 page 9 x 7 inches, in good condition, neatly laid down. 170 New Bond Street, London, 31 December 1863. William Bishop, “Bishop of Bond Street” (1797-1871), a London jeweller, memorably described as a “rough cut gem from Ealing”. He became a renowned Regency sporting character who knew everyone in the haut monde. George Teasdale-Buckell wrote in his 1900 book Experts on Guns and Shooting: “It is unquestionable that Westley Richards’ guns owe much of their success to the personal skill and management of Westley Richards’ famous lieutenant, Wm. Bishop; under whose regime the house in Bond Street became quite an Institution.”