Ellis Gamble (Biographical details)

Ellis Gamble (goldsmith/metalworker; British; Male; 1712 - 1733)

Also known as

Gamble, Ellis


Blue Cross Street, Leicester Fields, London (1713-23) The Golden Angel, Cranbourn Street, Leicester Fields, London (1723-1733)


Gold and silversmith. In partnership with Paul de Lamerie (q.v.) from 1723-28; bankrupt, 1733. In 1714, William Hogarth was apprenticed to Gamble as an engraver. Four trade cards in Heal Collection. Heal,67.153, 154 and 155, and identical cards in Banks Collection (Banks,67.65 & 66) advertise "Ellis Gamble Goldsmith, at the Golden Angel in Cranbourn Street, Leicester Fields, Makes, Buys & Sells all sorts of Plate, Rings, & Jewells &c." Heal's annotations on mount of Heal,67.155: "William Hogarth delin. William Gamble entered his mark at Goldsmiths' Hall April 1697 - he was succeeded by his son Ellis Gamble. See Chaffer's 'Gilda Aurifabrorum'. Wheatley's 'London' says 'At the Golden Angel in Leicester Fields lived Ellis Gamble the goldsmith to whom Hogarth was apprenticed (1712) to learn the art of silverplate engraving. A shop bill by Hogarth is greatly prized by collectors...' Hodgkin's 'Rariora' mentions that he has the upper part of the large bill of Ellis Gamble engraved by Hogarth. Sotheby's catalogue of the Hodgkin sale says that 'Ireland considered his own impression of this card to be unique; it is certainly very rare.' Ellis Gamble became bankrupt in 1733. Ellis Gamble & Paul de Lamerie, goldsmiths at the Golden Angel in Cranbourn Street took out an insurance policy with Sun Insurance Co. in 1723." Heal's annotations on mount of Heal,67.153: "Macmichael in his papers on London Signs p.100 points out that the left hand of the angel has a finger too many." Heal,67.152 is a trade card advertising "Ellis Gamble". Heal's annotations on mount; Compare trade-card of Ellis Gamble, at the Golden Angel in Cranbourn Street (1712-1733), engraved by Hogarth." Banks,67.67 is a photograph of a nearly identical card to Banks,67.65 & 66, here the same text is printed slightly differently.


Paulson 1989
Saur (under William Gamble)