Bradbury and Evans

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Bradbury and Evans (est.1830) was an English printing and publishing business founded by William Bradbury (1799[1]-1869) and Frederick Mullett Evans (1804[2]-1870) in London.[3][4] For the first ten years they were printers, then added publishing in 1841 after they purchased Punch magazine.[3][4] As printers they did work for Joseph Paxton,[5] Edward Moxon and Chapman and Hall (publishers of Charles Dickens).[3] Dickens left Chapman and Hall in 1844 and Bradbury and Evans became his new publisher.[3] Bradbury and Evans published William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair in 1847 (as a serial), as well as most of his longer fiction.[3][4] The firm operated from offices at no.11 Bouverie Street, no.85 Fleet Street, and no.4-14 Lombard Street, London (now Lombard Lane).[6][7] After Bradbury and Evans broke with Dickens in 1859, they founded the illustrated literary magazine Once A Week, which competed with Dickens' new All The Year Round (formerly Household Words).[3] Among the artists who contributed illustrations to the firm's publications: John Leech[8] and John Tenniel. In 1861 Evans' daughter, Bessie Evans, married Dickens' son, Charles Dickens, Jr.. The founders' sons, William Hardwick Bradbury (1832–1892) and Frederick Moule Evans (1832–1902), continued the business.[9][10]

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  1. ^ England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1910.
  2. ^ General Register Office: Birth Certificates from the Presbyterian, Independent and Baptist Registry and from the Wesleyan Methodist Metropolitan Registry.
  3. ^ a b c d e f John Sutherland (1989). "Bradbury and Evans". Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction. 
  4. ^ a b c Bradbury and Evans at Victorian Web, last accessed January 2011.
  5. ^ Paxton, Sir Joseph. Paxton's Magazine of Botany and Register of Flowering Plants. London Bradbury and Evans for Orr and Smith and W. S. Orr and Co, 1834-1849.
  6. ^ Post Office London Directory. 1852. p. 628 – via University of Leicester, Library. 
  7. ^ John Timbs (1867), "Whitefriars", Curiosities of London (2nd ed.), London: J.C. Hotten, OCLC 12878129 
  8. ^ "Exhibition of Pictures by Mr. John Leech", Saturday Review, May 24, 1962, Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly 
  9. ^ Laurel Brake; Marysa Demoor (2009). "F.M. Evans". Dictionary of Nineteenth-century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland. Academia Press. ISBN 978-90-382-1340-8. 
  10. ^ Frederic Boase (1908). Modern English Biography. Netherton and Worth. 

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