Hannah Glasse (Biographical details)

Hannah Glasse (author/poet; fibre/textile worker; British; Female; 1708 - 1770)

Also known as

Glasse, Hannah


Tavistock Street, Covent Garden London


Cookery writer and clothier. Trade card in Heal Collection (Heal,40.48) advertises "Hannah Glasse Habit-Maker To Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales... Makes & Sells all Sorts of Riding Habits, Josephs, Great Coats, Horsemens Coats, Russia Coats, Hussar Coats, Bedgowns, Night Gowns, and Robe de shambers [sic], Widows Weeds, Sultains, Sultrans, and Cantouches after the neatest manner. Likewise Parliament, Judges & Councellers [sic] Robes, Italian Robes, Cossockeens, Capuchins, Newmarket Cloaks, Short Do. Quilted Coats, Hoop Petticoats, Under Coats. All Sorts of Fringes and Laces as cheap as from the Makers. Bonnetts, Hatts [sic], Short Hoods and Caps of all Sorts... Likewise all sorts of Masquerade Dresses." Heal's annotations on mount: "? Author of 'The Art of Cookery' 1st published 1747. The Shop Sign of the 'Prince of Wales' Arms' compare cutting of advertisement from 'Daily Advertiser' 31 May 1748. This advertisement appears as the fontispiece to the 4th edition (1751) of Hannah Glasse's well known work 'The Art of Cookery Made Plain & Easy' & on the title page Hannah Glasse's facsimile signature is engraved though the title itself describes the book as 'By a Lady'. Despite these indications of authorship the 'D.N.B.', Dr. Johnson, Dr. Wm. Kitchener (see 'The Cook's Oracle' 1817) & others have attributed the authorship to Dr. John Hill. I questioned the truth of this attribution in face of the advertisement & the Hannah Glasse signatures - see 'Notes & Queries' CLXXIV p.401 & CLXXVII p.29. None of the editions besides the 4th edition contains this advertisement. An advertisement ('London Evening Post' 17th-19th Nov: 1947) of the 2nd edition of 'The Art of Cookery', in A.H.'s collection, offers the book for sale 'at the Author's at the Prince of Wales' Arms in Tavistock Street' which address seems to agree with that on the trade-card above. See also A.H.'s contribution to 'N & Q' CLXXII p.19."