late 18th/early 19th century
George (1788-1859) and John (1791-1852) Cary were the sons of John Cary (1755-1835). John(I) was apprenticed to Wiliam Palmer, an engraver, in 1770 and became a Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company in 1778. From about 1782 he set up business as an engraver and map seller in Fleet Street. By 1791 John(I) was in partnership with his brother William (1759-1825) producing globes at 181 Strand. William also continued his own separate business as an instrument maker at 182 and 272 Strand. In 1820 John(I) moved to 86 St James Street and William moved into 181 Strand joined, in 1822, by George and John(II) who became globe makers and sellers. After the deaths of their father and uncle, George and John continued the business at both 181 Strand and 86 St James Street. Following John's death in 1852, 181 Strand was sold to an optician, Henry Gould. The globe making business had previously been taken over by George Crutchley. Examples of the company's work are illustrated in Elly Dekker and Peter van der Krogt, Globes from the Western World, 1993, pls.33, 37 and 38.
Similar pairs of terrestrial and celestial globes by W. & J. Cary, sold Christie's London `Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur & Jeremy ', 20 November 2008, lot 80 and Sotheby's London, 8 December 2009, lot 33.
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