W.J. Reeves & Son Paint Box

W. J. Reeves & Son, 80 Holborn Bridge, London Maker
1819-1827 Date:
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Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880) acquired by March 1, 1848 Provenance
Gift of Marion Gifford Shaw Credit
1966.13.7 Accession number
William Reeves (c. 1739–1803) of London, England, is credited for inventing around 1781 the first watercolor cakes, blocks of watercolor paint that are shaped and dried. His nephew, William John Reeves (1764–1827) and his son, James Reeves (1794–1868), went into partnership in 1819 at 80 Holborn Bridge, London. The business retained the name W. J. Reeves & Son until 1827, when William John Reeves died and a second son, Henry Reeves (1804–1877), joined the family business. This helps to date this paint set to the years between 1819 and 1827.
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