Benjamin Goodison

(c. 1700—1767) cabinet-maker and undertaker

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(bc. 1700; d 1767). English cabinetmaker. He established a workshop in Long Acre, London, and specialized in parcel-gilt mahogany furniture. He made furniture to the designs of William Kent, and his own designs were influenced by those of Kent. Goodison's clients, for whom he made picture frames and chandeliers as well as furniture, included Frederick, Prince of Wales and the Earl of Leicester; there are examples of his furniture in Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, Holkham Hall (Norfolk), Longford Castle (Wilts), Boughton and Althorp (both Northants). After Goodison's death the workshop was managed by Benjamin Parran until 1783.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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