Portrait of Benjamin Vulliamy (1747 – 1811)

1770-1800 in Europe

The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Portrait of Benjamin Vulliamy (1747 – 1811), oil on canvas, late 18th century

Benjamin was the son of watchmaker F. J. Vulliamy. Benjamin continued his father and maternal grandfather’s business in Pall Mall. He became both Royal Clockmaker and Royal Watchmaker, though ‘too much of a gentleman to make a good tradesman’ according to his son. As his portrait shows, he sold fine or molu as well as exceptional clocks and watches. His multifarious business interests included sinking the first artesian well on his estate in Notting Hill.

Clockmakers' Museum No. B1086

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canvas, gold leaf, oil paint and wood (unidentified)
oil painting
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  • oil painting - visual work
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