Trade card for James Ayscough, optician, London, England, 1749-1750

Made:
1749-1750 in London and City of London
maker:
Unattributed
Copy of trade card: James Ayscough at the Great Golden Spectacles, in Ludgate -Street, near St. Paul's, London.

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Copy of trade card: James Ayscough at the Great Golden Spectacles, in Ludgate -Street, near St. Paul's, London.
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Trade card: James Ayscough, at the Great Golden Spectacles, in Ludgate -Street, near St. Paul's, London. optician. (Calv. 18) 13 1/2 x 8 in.; 343 x 203 mm

James Ayscough was an optician working at premises indicated by the sign of the ‘Great Golden Spectacles’ in Ludgate Street in London in 1749. Trade cards such as these were used to advertise businesses and may have been given out with purchases.

Ayscough also made instruments which required ground lenses, such as telescopes, microscopes and thermometers as well as optical instruments made for amusement, such as magic lanterns. The techniques required for grinding fine lenses meant that this was a highly skilled profession.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1934-99
type:
trade card
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical instrument
  • visual and verbal communication
  • visual and verbal communication
  • advertising card
credit:
Donated by Mr Thomas H. Court (Court Collection)