Chair back designs by Thomas Sheraton
Six designs for chair backs, in the Sheraton style, illustrated in The Cabinet-maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-book.
Thomas Sheraton (1751 - 1806) first published this influential directory of furniture designs in 1791. It was financed by subscribers, but instead of a 'who's who' list of the aristocracy, as is the case in the prestigious folio editions being produced at that time, these subscribers are the furniture makers and upholsterers of London and other centers of British furniture production.
Sheraton's designs are characterized by light but strong construction techniques, delicate lines, contrasting woods and neoclassical ornamentation. They were based on classical principles of proportion and perspective, which are meticulously detailed in a large portion of the book.
During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, American craftsmen freely adapted these designs, along with those of George Hepplewhite, to create furniture in what is known as Federal style.
This book was part of the original donation by Mr. Steedman.