GOUYN, John (1775-1849) — London
Engraver & stationer. Published Plan of the maze in Hampton Court Gardens 1797. Also known for some engraved music, etc.
Born in London and baptised 22 Jun 1775 at St George, Hanover Square, the son of Charles Gouyn (1713?-1785) and his second wife Elizabeth Pass (1749?-1823), who married at Hammersmith 16 Oct 1772. Apprenticed initially to the engraver John Robinson of St Martin in the Fields 19 Sep 1789, then apprenticed (Stationers) to the engraver & copperplate printer John Kidgell 7 Feb 1792, recorded as the son of the late Charles Gouyn, jeweller, of Westminster: the relatively high consideration of £30 was paid by John James le Jeune and David George Jacmar, executors of his father’s will and Gouyn’s guardians. Married Elizabeth Ashford at St. John Horsleydown, Bermondsey, 3 Sep 1796. His trade card in BM (Heal, 99.52) advertises “Gouyn, engraver & printer … gold seals & mourning rings made & engraved. Arms painted on vellum. Engraves & prints coats of arms, notes, maps, bills of exchange, bills of parcels, cards, arms, crests & cyphers, on stone, steel and silver”. A partnership of some kind with Susannah Oxley of Pontefract was dissolved in October 1815. Gouyn was buried at St James Pentonville 15 Apr 1849 at the age of seventy-four. The BM has a large collection of his father’s pendants, perfume bottles, porcelain figures, etc.
34 Snow Hill — 1797-1798
100 Newgate Street — 1799
5 Paternoster Row —
Butt Lane, Deptford — 1805
York Street, Covent Garden — 1815
Margaret Street, Clerkenwell — 1841
Penton Street, Pentonville — 1849
BBTI. BM. BNA. Census 1841. Graves (1907). LHD. Maxted (1977). McKenzie