|Baskerville's house at Easy Hill.|
John Baskerville was a japanner, letter cutter, type founder and printer in Birmingham in the mid eighteenth-century. Japanning was his initial, and also very prosperous, trade, which enabled him to build himself a grand house on the outskirts of Birmingham in 1745, at Easy Hill. By the 1770s the Birmingham Canal and its wharf had encircled the house, and the town was encroaching nearer and nearer (see map below).
|1778 map highlighting the house at Easy Hill, with a long tree lined drive|
garden, and possible orchard. Birmingham is expanding onward.
Baskerville died in 1775, and the house was lived in by his widow and daughter, and his daughter owned it until 1788 when it was bought by John Ryland, who had the images below produced. They give some interesting detail of the ornamentation, and if anyone knows what the statues are, please let me know in the comments.
|Easterly front of Baskerville's house.|
|Southerly front of Baskerville's house.|
|Close-up of the statues.|