On This Day: 4 July 1705

On this day in 1705, Daniel Wangell sent Thomas Bowrey his bill for picture frames.

Wangell sold Bowrey one large, narrow, lacquered frame cost 5/0, two frames at 4/0 each and three frames at 1/9 each. All except the lacquered frame were for Bowrey’s East India pictures. Bowrey paid the bill totalling 18/03 (equivalent to £138 today).

As Bowrey had been home from India for sixteen years, it can probably be assumed that these were not pictures he brought home with him. Were they a gift or was he feeling a little homesick for the East and purchased them for himself?

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