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Stephen Rimbault (working 1744–1788)


Location: No.7 Great St Andrew Street, now No.31 Monmouth Street.

Dates: 1760-81

Stephen Rimbault, a famous clockmaker of Huguenot descent, particularly noted for his 12- tuned Swiss timepieces, was based in Seven Dials from 1760-81 . When John Zoffany, the future royal portrait painter, first settled in London, and was starving in a garret in nearby Short's Gardens, Rimbault employed him to paint clock faces with landscapes and movable figures. There were around 30,000 clockmakers in the 18th century and Rimbault was one of the greatest.

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