(bapt Grantham, Lincs, 29 April 1766; d London, 29 June 1835). English gun maker. He moved to London to undertake an apprenticeship with his elder brother and in 1791 established his own business. He specialized in sporting guns and is largely responsible for the elegant design of the austerely decorated English shotgun. In 1834 he entered into a partnership with his son John Augustus, who after his father's death carried on the business until 1818, when it was sold to Charles and Henry Egg. Another son, Frederick, established a gun factory in Calcutta in 1822. Joseph's brother John Manton (1752-1834) was also a noted gun maker, as was John's son George Henry; after 1814 their business was known as John Manton & Son
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.