John Thane (Biographical details)

John Thane (publisher/printer; dealer/auction house; British; Male; 1748 - 1818)

Also known as

Thane, John

Address

Gerrard Street, Soho (in 1772, 1775) [in 1774-5 calls himself 'Printseller and Medalist'] 159 Strand (in 1779) Rupert Street, Haymarket, London (in 1781-1792) Spur Street, Leicester Square, London (in 1795-8) 36 New Lisle Street, London (in ?)

Biography

Major dealer and in coins, drawings and prints, as well as manuscripts and autographs. Occasional print publisher as a spin-off. Began life in a different profession, and entered the trade through his marriage in 1770 to Mary Snelling, daughter of Thomas Snelling (qv). After her death remarried to Elizabeth Flack. Became the biggest dealer of the day in London, and the main supplier and agent for Cracherode. One of his executors was William Esdaile.

Bibliography

DNB
Lugt 1544 and Lugt 2393, with his six posthumous sales 1818 to 1821
Antony Griffiths (ed), 'Landmarks in Print Collecting', BM 1996, pp.48-9.