James Dolling

DOLLING, James (1835-1918) — London

Engraver; wood-engraver; bookseller, stationer, printer & publisher. Engraved, printed & published Dolling’s pocket map of London, to which is added a calendar, cab fares, value of foreign money in London 1862. Also published Dolling’s Paddington Directory 1862-1863, for which he drew & engraved Map of Paddington, including Bayswater. Also known for at least one ballad.

Born in Marylebone 7 Jan 1835 and baptised at St. Mary Marylebone 15 Mar 1835, as well as in a nonconformist ceremony at Paddington Chapel 26 Apr 1835, the son of William Bruce Dolling (1805-1864), a plumber & glazier, later a bookbinder & stationer, and his first wife Sarah Wall (1802?-1844), who married in 1828. Recorded as an apprentice engraver in 1851. On 17 Aug 1857 he testified at an Old Bailey theft trial, relating to his engraving a visiting card, saying that he was then employed by the engraver and printer George Burns of 1 Cambridge Terrace, Edgware Road; among the other witnesses was the famous publisher Frederick Warne (1825-1901), then still working for the Routledge firm. Advertised as an “engraver and printer to the trade” (Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper, 29 May 1859). Later that year he was selling a pamphlet called “Poor Tiny; or, the power of kindness” to raise funds for the Maida Hill Ragged School and Refuge (Morning Advertiser, 28 Dec 1859). In 1861, he was recorded as a bookseller in Portman Place, resident with an aunt and a sister — a partnership there with Edward Launcelot Williams, as booksellers, stationers and working engravers, was dissolved by mutual consent 1 Aug 1861. Later that same year, he was advertising for money and old clothes for the Nightly Refuge for Houseless Poor, an institution in Market Street, Edgware Road, of which he was the Honorary Secretary (Marylebone Mercury, 21 Dec 1861, repeats to 29 Mar 1862). Married the widow Sarah Ann Wood, neé Cubbidge (1827?-1912), daughter of a papermaker from High Wycombe, at St. Saviour Paddington 24 Mar 1864. They had no children of their own, but there was a stepson from her earlier marriage. Recorded as a stationer at the time of his marriage. He signed a deed of composition to pay 7s.6d in the pound in instalments to his creditors 24 Jul 1866, but was declared bankrupt in January 1867. He was discharged in May 1867, but was imprisoned for debt and declared bankrupt once more in June 1869, now recorded as a fancy stationer; it was April 1872 before he was able to apply for a discharge. Trading as “MacDougle & Dolling”, with William MacDougle (b.1834), he was working as an engraver once more in 1872-1886. That partnership was dissolved by mutual consent 12 Jun 1886. In 1881, he was living in Lewisham with his wife and the stepson, then recorded as a draughtsman. He was recorded as an engraver once more, working on his own account, in 1901, when a sick nurse was in residence at their home in Wandsworth. He was apparently still working as an engraver in 1911. He died in 1918 and was buried at Streatham 7 May 1918.

47 North Street, Marylebone (home) — 1851
44 Portman Place, Edgware Road — 1859-1865
199 Edgware Road — 1864-1868
444 Edgware Road — 1869-1872
48 Paternoster Row (MacDougle & Dolling) — 1872
6 Paternoster Buildings (MacDougle & Dolling) — 1874-1886
6 Paternoster Buildings (warehouse) — 1886-1888
Heath Cottage, (2) Thornford Road, Lewisham (home) — 1881-1889
62 Carter Lane — 1893-1903
43 Gorst Road, Wandsworth Common (home) — 1893-1903
12 Cicada Road, Wandsworth (home) — 1901
19 Queen’s Buildings, Farringdon Ward Without — 1905-1909
374 Wandsworth Road, Clapham (home) — 1905-1907
489 Wandsworth Road, Clapham (home) — 1909
473 Wandsworth Road, Clapham — 1911

BNA. Census 1841-1861, 1881, 1901-1911. Engen (1985). Exeter. Hyde. LG. LHD. OB. Tooley.