- Also known as
primary name: Spilsbury, John
other name: Spilsbury, John 'Inigo'
- individual; printmaker; publisher/printer; British; Male
- Life dates
- Other dates
- 1730-1795 (circa; from Heal's annotation on trade card (Heal,82.17))
- Russell Court, off Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London
- Printmaker and print publisher, sometimes confused with his brother Jonathan (q.v.); 1753-60 apprenticed to the engraver Thomas Jefferys (q.v.), 1761 married, then established his own shop in Russell Court, off Drury Lane; worked in children's educational book trade. Called 'map dissector in wood in order to facilitate the teaching of geography in Mortimer's 'Universal Director' of 1763 (I p.27). Also published maps, charts, stationery, printed silk kerchiefs; after death Spilsbury's business passed to his widow, who then married Harry Ashby (q.v.), Spilsbury's former apprentice.
Spilsbury's trade card in Heal Collection (Heal,59.150) advertises 'Spilsbury, Engraver...Sells all sorts of Prints, Maps and Stationary. PortFolios [sic], Bibles, Comn. Prayers, Annual Publications & Plays. Prints &c. Framed & Glazed in the best manner And Maps or Drawings Copied or Fitted up in their Various methods, Tickets, Book Plates, Shop Bills &c. &c. of all sorts neatly Engraved and Printed. Supr. fine Dutch Wax.' Heal's annotations on mount show some confusion with Jonathan Spilsbury: "John Spilsbury, engraver & printseller, born 1730. worked in mezzotint after Reynolds & others. In 1782 was drawing master at Harrow School. Died 1795. See Bryan's 'Dictionary of Painters & Engravers'. Succeeded by Woodman & Mutlow (late Spilsbury's) No.30 Russell Court. Trade card of Woodman & Mutlow (late Spilsbury's) No.30 Russell Court, dated 1736 in Bank's Collection."
Another trade card, Heal,99.154, advertises "The St. James's Pocket Remembrancer, or Royal Memorandum Cards, For 1766. Being a Set of Twelve Cards (One for each Month in the Year) so Calculated that every single Card will contain a regular & distinct Account for the Appointments, Engagements, &c. (whether for Business or Pleasure) of its Respective Month, complete & contrived in such a manner as Readily to present to View, not only the Day of the Month, & Day of the Week, but also the Particular time of the day (Morning, Noon, or Night) required for Entering any Memorandum. Publish'd according to Act of Parliament By J. Spilsbury, Engraver & Map & Print Seller in Russell Court, Covent Garden where may be had variety of New Ornamented Envelopes for Cards. Sold likewise by all the Printsellers & Stationers in London & Westminster." Heal's annotations on mount: "Compare trade-cards in A.H. collection."
Posthumous sale of copper plates announced in Daily Advertiser 27 May 1772