- Also known as
primary name: Wright, Thomas
- individual; scientific instrument maker; British; Male
- Life dates
- at the Orrery & Globe, near Salisbury Court, Fleet Street, London
- Mathematician and astronomer. b. Durham. Trade cards in Heal and Banks Collections. Heal,105.32 (filed under Richard Cushee), Heal,105.118 and Banks,105.12 advertise "New and Correct Globes according to the latest Observations. Made and Sold by Richard Cushee at the Globe and Sun between St. Dunstan's Church & Chancery Lane and Tho: Wright Instrument-maker to His Majesty at the Orrery and Globe near Salisbury Court, Fleet Street, London. Estates Survey'd Also Maps Drawn and Engrav'd." Heal's annotationsd on mount of Heal,105.32: "Richard Cushee was at the Globe & Sun in Fleet St. in 1732 - see Hilton Price's 'Signs of Fleet St.' p:385. Thomas Wright was at the Orrery & Globe in Fleet St. in 1732. See Hilton Price's 'Signs of Fleet St.' p:377. Thomas Wright sold Wm. Halfpenny's 'Practical Architecture' in 1725. Thomas Wright advertisement in 'The Use of the Quadrant' 1749... See 'N & Q' 9th s.xi.p.414 gives extract from 'London Evening Post' 29, Ap. 1732 describing Duke of Cumberland's visit to Wright's shop in Fleet St... N & Q 9th s.xi. 413 gives him as 'Mathematical Instrument Maker to K. George II at Orrery & Globe 'over against Salisbury Court'. A pocket globe by Richard Cushee in the possession of Mr. T.H. Court is dated 1731." Heal,105.119, and identical card, Banks,105.66, advertise "The Great Orrery Four Feet in Diameter Made by Tho: Wright Mathematical Instrument-Maker To His Majesty For the Royal Academy at Portsmouth Who makes Orrerys of different sorts as may be seen at his Shop in Fleet-Street." Heal's annotations on mount similar to above except: "T. Wright was succeeded by Benjamin Cole (1751) at above address, see trade cards and billhead in A.H. collection of B. Cole & Son, dated 1753. R.T. Gunther's 'Early Science in Oxford', part II gives Thomas Wright instrument maker to the Prince of Wales, Fleet Street, 1718, 1722. . Instrument maker to George II at the Orrery & Globe 1733." Heal,105.120 is a photograph of a trade card advertising "Thomas Wright at the Orrery & Globe next the Globe & Marlborough Bead Tavern in Fleet Street London. Mathematical Instrument Maker to his Royal Highness George Prince of Wales. Makes & Sells all sorts of Mathematical Instruments for Sea & Land According to the best & latest Improvements." Heal's annotations on mount: "Engraved date 1718. Thomas Wright died in 1751. He was succeeded by Benjamin Cole (in 1748) who died 1766 & was succeeded by his son Benjamin who retired in 1782. Later this shop was numbered 136 Fleet Street. Thomas Wright succeeded to the famous instrument maker John Rowley who died in 1728." Heal,105.121 is a photograph of a trade card advertising "Thomas Wright Mathematical Instrument Maker to His Majesty at the Orrery and Globe in Fleet Street London." Heal's annotations on mount: "Compare photograph of another card of Thomas Wright with engraved date 1718."
Ms Journal BL Add. Ms. 15627. Published in 'Annals of Science' VII 1951 by E. Hughes.
Eileen Harris, 'TW's unpublished Edinburgh Almanack for 1733', PQ XXIX 2012, pp.280-7 (part of a deposit of his copper plates at Badminton)