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CLARKE, Charles (fl. 1770--83)
The plaisterer's bill, for works done at the new buildings, Somerset-House, in the Strand, by the late Mr. Thomas Clark, and his surviving partner Charles Clarke, plaisterer; ... of use to the surveyor, measurer, and ... young plaisterer, ... By Charles Clarke, plaisterer ...
London: printed for the author, by T. Bensley; and sold by H. Sharp; Richardson and Urquhart; I. Taylor; and H. Jackson, senior, 1783.
107, [1] p. ; 25.2 cm. (8°)

In 1781 the architect James Paine was appointed to certify the accounts for the building work at Somerset House and to fix the prices paid to craftsmen at as low a rate as possible, leading to a dispute particularly concerning the plasterers' bills. This pamphlet gives a detailed breakdown of work carried out at Somerset House under Clark's supervision and casts light on the relations between architects and craftsmen in the period. BAL, Early printed books, no. 650; ESTC t91308.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with three other pamphlets. Possibly bought from Edward Lawrence, who was paid 1s. 6d. for half-binding in 1802. (Spiers Box).

Binding Early C19th half calf, gilt double-ruled spine, red spine-label lettered 'Plaisterers Bill &c.', marbled-paper boards (printer's waste). Bound by Edward Lawrence in 1802 for 1s. 6d. (Spiers Box). Later numbered '95' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 1945


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