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?