David Garrick/ Shakespeare's Mulberry Tree
John Doubleday produced a number of relics commemorating the burning down of the Houses of Parliament in 1834. On one of these he describes himself as J. DOUBLEDAY DEALER IN CAST OF OLD SEALS/ GREEKS COINS ETC, 18, LITTLE RUSSELL STREET BLOOMSBURY, LONDON.
His image is in the National Portrait Gallery where is recorded as "Originally a printer, John Doubleday took up business as a copyist of coins, medals and ancient seals and was employed by the British Museum as an antiquities restorer. His greatest triumph was the restoration of the Portland Vase, after it had been wilfully broken into numerous pieces in 1845."
The Rev. Thomas Rackett, ( 1757 - 1841), was a man of wide interests, archaeological, scientific and literary. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and a protege of David Garrick, and his correspondence with a varied circle of friends and "kindred spirits" produces much interesting material.
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