Paul Jerrard

JERRARD, Paul (1810-1888) — London

Bookseller, artist, illustrator, lithographic, zincographic and colour printer, map and print colourist. Produced Map of the Gold Regions of California 1849; William Downing Bruce, Kennt, Clackmananshire. The seat of R. Bruce, Esq., Vice Lieutenant, and late M.P. for the county 1855 — a private plate, just twenty-five copies printed. Also produced Shakespearian tableaux, ornithological, entomological and botanical publications, views, music, gift-books, almanacks, etc.

Born 22 Oct 1810 at Weedon Beck, Northamptonshire, the son of Paul Jerrard, a tallow chandler, and his wife Elizabeth Frankland. Married (1) Emily Jamima Spear Morgan (1817-1841), with whom he had six children, at St. Botolph Bishopsgate 18 Jun 1833; (2) Elizabeth Baldock (1793-1861), née Spear, who appears to have been his first wife’s twice-widowed mother, 21 Jun 1842, at St. Leonard Shoreditch, and (3) Hannah Freeman (1817-1894) at St. Giles Cripplegate 16 Nov 1864 — marriage settlement in NA. He was in partnership with Alexander Vlies for a time, dealing in what were called “gelatine pictures”. He was granted a patent in 1852 for the “invention of certain improvements in ornamenting japanned and papier machée surfaces, as also the surfaces of varnished and polished woods”. In 1855 he was advertising designs, colours, brushes and varnishes for use in the fashionable craze for potichomanie or glass-painting, while in 1857 he was offering gift-books in tortoiseshell and porcelain bindings. Traded as “Jerrard & Son” from 1858 and briefly as “Jerrard & Sons” in 1861. His “well-known and extensive range of premises” at the corner of Red Lion Court at 170 Fleet Street were destroyed by fire in November 1858 (Morning Advertiser, 11 Nov 1858). The whole of his stock, valued at £10,000 although only insured for £1,000, was lost, but the premises were soon rebuilt and re-opened in June 1859. Jerrard was declared bankrupt in October 1862, with liabilities estimated at some £4,000, which he blamed on the fire. He came to an arrangement with his creditors and under a new provision in the bankruptcy laws was allowed to continue trading in May 1863. He appears to have retired in or about 1881, with a couple of his sons opening a new business on Blackfriars Road. Recorded as a watercolour artist on the 1881 census. He died 18 Mar 1888 and was buried 24 Mar 1888 at Norwood Cemetery. Probate on a modest personal estate of under £100 was granted to his eldest son, also Paul Jerrard, an engineer. His own drawings, etc., were auctioned off 25 Jul 1888.

20 Clifton Street, Shoreditch — 1839-1846
206 Fleet Street — 1847-1851
111 Fleet Street — 1851-1858
— and 170 Fleet Street — 1855-1858
— 11 Primrose Street, Bishopsgate (home) — 1851-1855
170 Fleet Street — 1855-1879
— and 172 Fleet Street — 1859
4 Albert Terrace, Dulwich Road, Brixton (home) — 1861-1864
18 Windsor Road, Denmark Hill — 1881-1888

BBTI. BNA. Brown. Census 1841-1881. COPAC. LG. NA. Tooley. Twyman. Wakeman & Bridson.

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