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One Hundred and Fifty, New Designs, By Thos. Johnson Carver.

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  • Place of origin:

    London (re-issued)

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  • Artist/Maker:

    Johnson, Thomas (designer)
    Kirk, James (printmaker)
    Sayer, Robert, born 1724 - died 1794 (publisher)

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  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case 93, shelf C, box 83

Place of Origin

London (re-issued)




Johnson, Thomas (designer)
Kirk, James (printmaker)
Sayer, Robert, born 1724 - died 1794 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Above image: Plate 37.
Below image: Thos. Johnson invt. & delin./Publish'd according to Act of Parliamt. 1761/Jas. Kirk Sculpt.


Height: 28.5 cm approximate page size, Width: 22.5 cm approximate page size

Object history note

Thomas Johnson was a furniture designer and wood-carver. He is mainly known for his numerous published designs of furniture and decorative objects, such as Twelve Gerandoles (1755) and two editions of A New Book of Ornaments (1760 and 1762). His One Hundred and Fifty New Designs (1761) is dedicated to the president of the Anti-gallican Association, a society which was against current French fashions.Johnson's designs include a variety of frame styles, chimney-pieces, girandoles, candlestands and clock-cases decorated with opulent Rococo, Chinoiserie and rustic motifs.

Descriptive line

Thomas Johnson (after), from part 3 (comprising title plate and 13 further plates), from 'One Hundred and Fifty New Designs by Thos. Johnson Carver', London, 1761.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Guilmard, D., Les Maîtres Ornemanistes, Paris, 1880-1881, p. 520, 23.

(Berlin I) Berlin Staatliche Museen, Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin, Berlin and Leipzig, 1936-39, p. 173, 1228.
Hayward, Helena, Thomas Johnson and English Rococo, London 1964.
Hayward, Helena, 'Newly-discovered Designs by Thomas Johnson', Furniture History, Vol. 11 (1975), pp. 40-42.


Paper; Printing ink




Prints; Ornament prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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