DANIELL, James William. 18459

£65

Description

Autograph Letter Signed, to Edward Thomason in Birmingham, replying on behalf of the Duke of Clarence that “His Royal Highness is pleased further to observe that the Medal is a good likeness, and appears to be well and neatly executed”. 1 page 7 x 4 inches, minor blemishes, traces of former mounting on verso. Bushy House, 14 January 1827. James William Daniell (1773-c.1855). He was hired as tutor to the FitzClarence children (George, Henry, Sophia, Mary, Frederick, Elizabeth, Adolphus, Augusta, Augustus, Amelia; the children William had with his long-term mistress Dorothea Jordan). Once the children had grown up, Daniell became librarian to their father and, later, his steward at Bushy House until around 1826. Sir Edward Thomason (1769-1849), a manufacturer and inventor in Birmingham knighted by King William IV. At age 16 he was articled to Matthew Boulton in the Soho Foundry. He began manufacturing in his father’s factory around 1793, establishing a trade in gilt and plated buttons. The business expanded into manufacture of medals, tokens and coins, and later plated gold and silver works. In 1835 he sold the business to Whitegrave and Collis.