Saturday 23 December 2023

John Hinchcliff of Long Acre near St Martin's Lane - Mid/Late 18th Century.


John Hinchcliff, Stone Mason / Builder/ Chimneypiece Carver.

Long Acre near St Martin's Lane.

See Biographical Dictionary Sculptors in Britain pub. Yale 2009.

Son of William Hinchcliff a barber of St Georges Parish, Bloomsbury.

Apprenticed Lewis Cockram citizen and mason in 1745. turned over to Richard Buddle in 1751 gained his freedom in 26 June 1755.

Exhibited at the Society of Artists 1768 & 1772 - inlaid tables

Trade Card of John Hinchcliff. c 1770's.

engraved by W. Darling of Great Newport Street

The Hinchcliff(e) Family.

John Hinchliffe Junior (the name also occurs without the final -e) belonged to a large family of statuaries and masons. He was apprenticed to his father in 1774 (suggesting he was born around 1759/60) and the last certain record of him is around 1804, though one ‘John Hinchcliff’ was responsible for a monument at Great Holland, Essex which is dated 1821.  

That would be chronologically possible, though it could equally be the work of J E Hinchcliffe (see immediately below).

Memorial: Tillington


J E Hinchcliffe

John Ely Hinchliffe (also found without the final -e) (1777-1867) probably belonged to the large family of masons of that name (see John Hinchliffe, immediately above for another known member) and was the assistant of J Flaxman from 1805 until Flaxman’s death in 1826.  He completed the works Flaxman left unfinished, by which time he was already known for works in the style of his master.  On his own account, he produced little work after the early 1840s.

Memorials: Udimore; Washington