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General News / Published on Monday, 23 January 2017
Ralph Turnbull, a unique 19th century Jamaican cabinet maker

Ralph Turnbull, a unique 19th century Jamaican cabinet maker
A talk by Dr John Cross

Tuesday 14th March, 6.30 for 7pm
Hogan Lovells, Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG


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 nineteenth 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.


Tickets, to include a glass of wine and patties: £12, £5 for students in full-time education and those under 25

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