Godfrey Dunn Philips

PHILIPS, Godfrey Dunn (1819-1883) — London

Map engraver & printer; map-mounter; map colourist.

Reportedly born 27 Aug 1819 and certainly baptised 17 Sep 1820 at Northolt, Middlesex, the son of Robert Swan Philips (1788-1848), army agent and accountant, of 36 Golden Square, London, and his second wife Maria Dunn (1793-1869). His presence in the Minories on the 1841 census, suggests that he was working for one of the chart-making concerns there. He married Sarah Haliday Childs (1819-1891), daughter of a brush-maker, at St. Andrew Holborn 24 Oct 1842, then recorded as a copperplate engraver. Recorded as a map engraver at the baptism of their son, Godfrey Robert Philips, 25 Aug 1844 at St. George in the East, Stepney. His occupation given as printer in 1864. By 1871, recorded as an engraver, he was living with his wife and seven children in Trinity Square, his son George recorded as a photographer at the age of eighteen. In 1881, his occupation was now given as map-mounter and colourer, while his daughter Sarah aged nineteen was also colouring maps for a living. He became a freeman of the City of London by redemption 27 Oct 1881, but died at Spital Square 4 Sep1883. Probate on a personal estate of  £215.0s.11d was granted to his widow 17 Nov 1884.

116 Minories — 1841
25 Princes Square — 1844
30 Trinity Square, Tower Hill — 1861-1864
Friday Hill, Chingford — 1871
22 Spital Square, Norton Folgate — 1881-1883
68 Fenchurch Street — 1881

Census 1841, 1861-1881.