Skip to main content

Trade card of John Centlivres, Linen Draper, London: P.12667-R

An image of Trade card

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Trade card of John Centlivres, Linen Draper, London


Printmaker: Unknown




One of the Blathwayt family bills. Handwritten invoice written verso

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1923) by Perceval, Spencer George


18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1768 : See inscriptions

School or Style


Components of the work

Sheet Height 210 mm Width 169 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: JOHN CENTLIVRES, / In Founders-Court, Lothbury, London, / SELLS / SWISS LINENS, / VIZ. / Yard-wide LINENS for SHIRTING, / Seven-Eights ditto, / DIAPER for TABLING, sundry Breadths, / DIAPER NAPKINING, / Three-Yard-wide SHEETING, whicch / maketh Sheets all of a Piece; / Ell-wide SHEETING. / All at the lowest Price, which is fixed on each Piece. / No less than a Piece sold. / The GENUINE ARQUEBUSADE WATER, as imported from Switzerland, at 5s P Pint.
  • Location: Plate centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: Itemised bill for purchases made

  • Text: 2d 1768 / Blathwaite Esq / 11 Els Bayes (?) at 4/6 £2.9.6 / 9 1/2 [unread word] at 1/- 9/6 £2.19- / Recd. ye Contents in full / at same Time / John Centlivres
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.12667-R
Primary reference Number: 184909
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 31 May 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Trade card of John Centlivres, Linen Draper, London" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-06-14 17:50:43

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Trade card of John Centlivres, Linen Draper, London |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-06-14 17:50:43|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="Trade card of John Centlivres, Linen Draper, London"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Trade card of John Centlivres, Linen Draper, London</figcaption>

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...