- Also known as
primary name: Tinney, John
- individual; printmaker; publisher/printer; British; Male
- Life dates
- In Canon St as mentioned in appendix to 'A Catalogue of the Manuscripts of the King's Library' (1734)
Golden Lion over against Fetter Lane, Fleet Street,London (1737)
Carv'd Golden Lion near the Globe Tavern, Fleet Street, London (late 1730s-1761)
N.B. The first address was at a house later numbered somewhere between 40 and 50 Fleet Street; the second address was somewhere between 125 and 140 Fleet Street.
- Printmaker who later became a print publisher. 1721, apprenticed to John Sturt (q.v.); 1730, made free of the Goldsmith's Company (by the 18th century livery companies had lost their original link with trades). Appears to have visited Paris in the early 1730s. His apprentices included, John Taylor (1736), Anthony Walker (1740), William Woollett (1750), Adam Smith (1752), John Browne (1755), Francis Hickman (1757). Engraved a wide range of prints in line and mezzotint. Published prints and maps (including Rocque's great 24-sheet map of London in 1746). Associated with Robert Sayer in some large publishing ventures. Trade card in Heal Collection (Heal,59.169) advertises "John Tinney Engraver & Print Seller at the carved Golden Lion near the Globe Tavern in Fleet Street: Sells great Variety of French Prints and several fine Prints done from his own new Copper Plates, in neat Frames & Glasses, or without, & all Sorts of Maps: Also several new Drawing Books, Copy Books, & great variety of Royal Sheets, Lotteries &c. with good Allowance to Merchants, Shop keepers, or Chapmen, who sell them again. N B He performs Engraving in all its Branches in the neatest manner." Heal's annotations on mount: "Chubb in his 'Printed Maps' quotes a trade-card of John Tinney with very similar wording to above & gives his dates 1729-1755. The D.N.B. gives a short biography. Hilton Price in his 'Signs of Fleet Street' says he was at the Golden Lion in 1737. His well known large scale Plan of London (i.e. John Rocque's Plan of London) was published from this address in 1746. His advertisements appeared in 'Daily Advertiser' 3. Dec 1747 & 4. July 1748." Trade card in Banks Collection (1868,0808.3040) advertises "John Tinney Engraver and Print-Seller At the Carv'd Golden Lion, in Fleet Street, London. Sells very great Variety of English and Foreign Prints, Mezzotinto Prints, Maps, Paintings on Glass &c &c. Likewise frames Pictures & Prints in ye best Manner & serves Merchants & other considerable Dealers, with good Allowance."
- K F Russell, John Tinney's Compendium Anatomicum and its Publishers, in Medical History, 1974, vol. XVIII, pp. 174-186