JOHNSON, George Phillips (1803?-1848) — Cheltenham
Engraver, copperplate & letterpress printer. Produced “Cheltenham displayed in a series of eighteen views, with a map and plan” 1836; “Johnson’s new historical and pictorial Cheltenham and county of Gloucester guide” 1846, with a map and a plan. Also known for a number of armorial bookplates.
Born in or about 1803, he was baptised 7 Jan 1808 at St. John the Baptist, Bristol, at the same time as three younger siblings — the the children of George Johnson and his wife Anne Hazard. He was stated at that time to be “about 5 Years of Age”. His father was presumably the Bristol engraver of that name (see BME 2011) and his wife Anne Hazard Huntl(e)y, who had married at Ledbury in 1800. His mother was related to the Bath and Bristol bookseller William Huntley, as wells as the Bath bookseller Samuel Hazard (1743-1806). He married Martha Elliot(t) Green (d.1867) at St. Aldate, Oxford, 23 Feb 1829. On the 1841 Census he was recorded as an engraver, resident with his wife and several members of the Barfield family. He died at Cheltenham 19 Aug 1848. His brief will survives in Gloucestershire archives: dated three days before his death, it left everything to his wife and probate was granted on an estate valued at under £450.
374 & 125 High Street, Cheltenham — 1830
128 High Street, Cheltenham — 1842
386 High Street, Cheltenham — 1848
BBTI. COPAC. Fincham.
Revised March 2021.