- Also known as
primary name: Lea, Philip
- individual; publisher/printer; British; Male
- Life dates
- 1675 fl-1700 died
- (1683-6) Atlas and Hercules in the Poultry over against the Old Jury
(1687-1700) the Atlas and Hercules in Cheapside next to the corner of Friday Street
- Map and globe seller, and mathematical instrument maker; his biography has been established by Skelton (p.246) and Tyacke (pp.120-2). He was apprenticed to Robert Morden in 1675 and married in 1684. The inventory of his estate, taken after his death, included sixteen hundredweight of copper. Lea served as Samuel Pepys's map colourist and consultant on cartographical matters.
Lea had two addresses: between 1683-6 he was at the Atlas and Hercules in the Poultry over against the Old Jury, and between 1687-1700 at the Atlas and Hercules in Cheapside next to the corner of Friday Street. Between 1689 and 1695 he also had a stall in Westminster Hall. Many of his maps were published in partnership with Morden. His estate valued at £337 (the inventory survives, see Tyacke) passed to his widow Anne who held two-thirds in trust for his under-age children. She carried the business on, taking Richard Glynne, the husband of her step-daughter, into partnership c.1712. She died in 1730 after which the stock was sold at auction.
Only a few prints are known by Lea that are not maps. Apart from those in the BM, there is an etching of Mother Louse, sold from his Cheapside address (Bute Granger XVII 125), and Malcolm Jones has found a plate showing a fiddler prefacing STC 7559 (BL C.20.f.7, "The Roxburghe Ballads"). He published an edition of 'The art of defence', with 24 plates of fencing after Laroon, in 1699.
- Sarah Tyacke, 'London map-sellers, 1660-1720', London 1978
Worms, British Map Engravers, 2011