- Also known as
primary name: Pennock, William
- individual; publisher/printer; printmaker; British; Male
- Other dates
- 1707-1745 (fl)
- Bible, Pannier-Alley, Newgate Street
At the Tobacco-Bowle, Panier Alley, Pater-Noster-Row (1709)
Next door unto the Adam and Eve in Jewing Street, Aldersgate Street (1736)
- Bookseller, printmaker, publisher, printer. Specialised in satires (eg BM Satires 1417, 1507, 1531, 1550) in period 1707-10. Laurence Worms (see his 'British Map Engravers') has discovered that there were two William Pennocks, father and son. The elder was the engraver in copper and wood, 1675-1731. In 1728 he was called the inventor of 'the art of engraving on wood for the use of printing', and also cut in brass.
The son lived from 1701-56 at the same address, and was a minor wood-engraver, supplying headpieces and suchlike to the book trade.
His trade card is in the Bagford papers (Add.Ms.5947, no.36): "At the Bible in Pannier Alley, in Pater-Noster-Row, all sorts of fine prints are cut and Ingrav'd on Box or Pear-tree, for booksellers, printers, tobacconists, haberdashers, &c. Also, such stamps, or marks, cut on brass or wood, as are us'd at the Post-Office, Excise-Office, Stamp-Office, &c. at reasonable prices, by William Pennock.At whose shop ready money may be had for any large or small parcel of books, pamphlets, pictures, prints, or drawings. And books lent to be read." [datable before 1716, the year of Bagford's death]
Photograph of a trade card of William Pennock the Elder in Heal Collection (Heal,59.121) advertising "At the Tobacco Bowle in Panier-alley in Petogate(?) Street You may have all Sorts of fine Prints Cut & Engraved both in wood and in copper and Seals by Wm. Pennock." Heal's annotations on mount are similar to the above information.
The prints he published have been investigated by Malcolm Jones in 'Print Quarterly' XXVIII 2011, pp.331-5
For letters from him see David Stoker (ed), 'The correspondence of the Rev. Francis Blomefield', Norfolk Record Society LV 1992.