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Charles Bevan was born in the late 1820s and surfaced in 1865 as a funniture designer and manufacturer. Little is known of his life although his furniture is mentioned with appreciation in cstalogues and periodicals. Three London addresses are recorded 1865-6 at 66 Margaret Street 1866-72 at 46 Bemers Street and 1872-83 at 100 High Holborn. He made designs for Marsh & Jones of Leeds including a suite of furniture for Titus Salt (now in Leeds City Art Galleries Temple Newsam House) Lamb of Manchester Holland & Sons and Gillows. In 1872 Bevan took his son George Alfred into portnership and from then onwords the firm was known as 'C Bevan & Son Designers Wood Carvers and Monufacturers of Art Furniture'. Stylistically the fumiture is close to Seddon's and it seems possible that before establishing his own firm Bevan worked with J P Seddon or for Seddon & Co. of South Molton Street. It is perhaps significant that furniture in the elaborately ornomented Gothic style typical of both Seddon and Bevan was mode by Seddon & Co. in collaboration with Kendall & Co. of Leeds the firm which was taken over by Marsh & Jones in 1864. -- Architect-Designers from Pugin to Mackintosh

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Architect-Designers from Pugin to Mackintosh. Exhibition catalogue. London: The Fine Art Society with Haslam & Whiteway Ltd., 1981.


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