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Lechertier Barbe

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Lechertier Barbe & Co, artists’ colourmen.

of 60 Regent’s Quadrant, London (1827-1898)

of 95 Jermyn St SW1 (1898-1969).

Originally in business in Paris

1827/8 C. Barbe moved to London as a musical instrument manufacturer.

Before 1833 was also a brush importer.

By 1838 the Lechertier family was also involved in the business.

From 1842 supplied products to Charles Roberson & Co

By 1844 the business had become that of artists’ colourmen.

1846 E. Lechertier-Barbe, son of the founder, took on the business

1849 The business traded as Lechertier Barbe.

1861 Partnership of the E. Lechertier-Barbe's widow with son-in-law

1865 Alfred Barbe (c.1837-1892) was listed in trade directories as a partner in the business.

1881 There was a serious fire at the wholesale depot

1881 Alfred Theodore Barbe withdrew from his partnership with Anna Josephine Lechertier and Jules Eugene Lechertier, leaving them to carry on the business

1884/5 Anna Josephine Lechertier also withdrew from the partnership. J. E. Lechertier (son of E. Lechertier-Barbe) became sole proprietor.

1898 Took limited company status

By 1901 Jules Lechertier was recorded at Lechertier Barbe's premises, as a dealer in artists’ materials.

1914 J. E. Lechertier, Managing Director. Specialities: Artists' Colours and Materials.

1968/9 Lechertier Barbe Ltd remained in business at 95 Jermyn St from until 1968 or 1969.

1970 Voluntary winding up. Some of the trading lines in etching materials were sold off to C. Roberson & Co Ltd but the goodwill and some artists’ materials were acquired by Alfred and Mary Farmer, who continued to sell Lechertier Barbe watercolour boxes and brushes at their business, Ploton's in Archway Road, Highgate.

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  • [1] National Portrait Gallery