Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica

RALPH TURNBULL, A UNIQUE 19th-CENTURY JAMAICAN CABINET MAKER 14 March 2017, London

Ralph Turnbull’s furniture-making business was unique, for Jamaica, in displaying its wares at the great international exhibitions of the third quarter of the 19th century. In parallel, other individuals and agencies were displaying samples of the island’s exotic timbers.

Dr John Cross, expert on Jamaican furniture, will expand on his work on Turnbull and the related Pitkins, published in the Furniture History Society Journal in 2002 and about which he has previously spoken to us. Using new research, information and images, Dr Cross will give us an insight into the 19th century appreciation and use of Jamaica’s beautiful natural resources and will refer to Turnbull’s use of apprentices in the post-slavery 1834-1838 period.

Pre-booking by 6 March is essential. Please see booking form below.

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