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Percy Macquoid (British 1852-1925)

The son of the book illustrator and watercolourist Thomas Robert Macquoid (1820-1912), his early career was as an illustrater and theatrical designer, whose illustrations in The Graphic Vincent Van Gogh praised to Anthon van Rappard in 1883 as "the non plus ultra of elegance and mild refined feeling". Macquoid was a favoured designer of the theatrical producer Herbert Beerbohm Tree, notably for Tree's 1906 productions of Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra and Nero.

Macquoid was a painter, a theatrical designer and a collector and connoisseur of English furniture, and the author of articles, largely for Country Life, and of four books on the history of English furniture, the first major survey of the subject, which have been reprinted and are still of use today: The Age of Oak, The Age of Walnut, The Age of Mahogany and The Age of Satinwood, ending his surveys about the year 1800. He collaborated with Ralph Edwards on The Dictionary of English Furniture (three volumes, 1922-25). All Macquoid's books were published by Country Life.

Following his marriage in 1891 to Theresa I. Dent, the couple built The Yellow House, Bayswater, London, to designs by Ernest George and Harold Peto. Summer and autumn he and his wife Theresa spent at Hoove Lea, overlooking the sea at Hove. Much of the furnishings collected by Macquoid now form the Macquoid Bequest nearby, furnishing Pashley Manor, East Sussex.

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