- Also known as
primary name: Cole, Benjamin
- individual; printmaker; British; Male
- Life dates
- The Lock of Hair, next Furnival's Inn, Holborn (advertisement in Weekly Journal, 20.v.1721)
The corner of King's Head Court in Holborn (Daily Advertiser, 30.ix.1738); he was still at this address in April 1767, when his wife Margarett testified at the Old Bailey about the theft of their till
at the Sun and Key near Snow-Hill, Conduit
- Engraver of architectural subjects and others, including many trade cards in BM. Official engraver to the Grand Lodge of Freemasons.
Died 15 Jun 1783 said to be aged 86, was buried at St. Andrew Holborn (Boyd); will in the National Archives - PROB 11/1104.
Two trade cards in Heal Collection. Heal,59.36 advertises "Benjamin Cole, Engraver at the Sun and Key near Snow-Hill, Conduit." Heal's annotations on mount: "Benjamin Cole was appointed Official Engraver of Grand Lodge from 1745-1767 in succession to John Pine & was engaged in masonic work 1725-1767; in connection with this he issued publications from various addresses: - "London House Yard, St Paul's Church Yard" in 1729, "King's Head Court near Fetter Lane" in 1731 & the Engraved Lists of Lodges from about 1745 until 1767 was "printed & sold by Benjm. Cole, engraver & copper plate printer, the corner of King's Head Court, Holborn." William Halfpenny's "Practical Architecture" was engraved by Benjamin Cole, in London House Yard, St. Paul's Church Yard in 1725. Compare another card of Benjamin Cole, engraver & copper-plate printer, no address (Heal,59.37). The Conduit stood on Snow Hill a little below St. Sepulchre's Church."
- N. Valpy, 'Plagiarism in Prints, the Musical Entertainer affair', Print Quarterly, VI, 1989, pp. 54-59.
E. Harris, 'British Architectural Books, 1556-1785', 1989
Information from Laurence Worms