- Also known as
primary name: Rackstrow, Benjamin
- individual; British; Male
- Other dates
- early 18thc- (fl.)
- The Crown and Looking Glass, the lower end of the paved stones in St Martin's Lane, London
Sir Isaac Newton's Head, the corner of Crane Court, in Fleet Street, London
- Photographs of three trade cards in Heal Collection. Heal,28.186 (and the original in the Banks Collection, Banks,28.125) advertise "Benj: Rackstrow...Makes and Sells all sorts of Cabinet Work, Looking-Glasses, Coach-Glasses, Window-Blinds, Picture-frames &c. after the newest fashion and at the most Reasonable Rates. He likewise cleans and repairs all sorts of Cabinet work, Exchanges New Glasses for Old ones and makes Old ones fashionable. NB. He also cleans Pictures in the best manner and takes off Busto's, Basso Releiv's [sic], and Figures of any Size, in Wax, Metal, or Plaister [sic] of Paris." Heal's annotations on mount: "? c.1730. Compare photograph of another trade-card in Mr. Cattle's collection with engraved date 1738 : - 'Benjamin Rackstrow, cabinet & picture frame maker at Sir Isaac Newton's Head, the corner of Crane Court, in Fleet St.' " Heal,28.187 and Heal,96.16 advertise "Benjamin Rackstrow Cabinet & Picture-frame-Maker...Makes all sorts of Cabinet Work, Picture Frames, Looking & Coach Glasses, Window Blinds &c. after ye newest fashions & at ye most Reasonable Rates. Exchanges New Glasses for Old. Makes old ones fashionable & Repairs all sorts of Cabinet Work. Cleans and new lines Pictures, takes off Busto's, Basso Relieves and Figures of any Size in Wax, Metal or Plaster of Paris, And hangs Bells after the new manner." Heal's annotations on mount of 28.187: "Original in F. Cattle's collection. B. Rackstrow, statuary, at Sir Isaac Newton's Head in Fleet Street advertised 'That he has found out and completed an Apparatus to exhibit that Grand Experiment, The Chair of Beautification...' 'Daily Advertiser' 5. May. 1747. See photograph of another trade-card : - 'Benj: Rackstrow, cabinet maker etc. at the Crown & Looking Glass the lower end of the Paved Stones in St. Martin's Lane ?c.1720." Heal's annotations on mount of 96.16: "Engraved by H.Copland. 1738."