Newcastle Nursery Invoice



[003519] [Newcastle Nursery Invoice]. Bo.[ugh]t of M. & J. Callender Nursery and Seedsmen, at the Orange Tree, Middle-Street. ill. Bewick, Thomas. Newcastle: No Publisher, 1781. First Edition. 12mo. Unbound. Receipt / Invoice. Good. Single sided part printed, part manuscript invoice, approximately 140mm x 170mm in size.

Lightly creased, small amount of loss to right hand side where paper has been stuck to wax seal, but no loss of sense, reverse with manuscript address and docket title.

The small vignette to top left hand corner is from the workshop of Beilby and Bewick, an earlier version of this invoice has a simpler orange tree design (see figure 3 in Maddison below).

Dated the 13th of November, 1781, and made out to Mr [Thomas] Adams, an invoice for a peach tree and a nectarine tree, with a crate of other trees, from M. & J. Callender.

Thomas Adams owned Eshott Hall in Northumberland; the Callenders, M.[ichael] (father) and J.[ohn] (son), “developed the retail and wholesale seed trade in Newcastle from the 1740s until 1807. They ran nurseries in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, and Leeds, specialized in medicinal plants, created a music pleasure garden, published nursery catalogues, surveyed, designed gardens and wrote on planting” (Maddison, “The Callenders, Eighteenth-Century Northern Nurserymen and Seedsmen”, in Garden History, Vol. 33, No. 2 (Autumn, 2005), pp. 210-224.

The Lewis Walpole Library at Yale has a couple of similar examples