Pinckney, George (c. 1625 - c. 1681)

Samuel Pepys, 1633-1703. Samuel Pepys, 1633-1703.

George Pinckney (also written Pinkney) was the King’s Embroiderer after the restoration of Charles II (r: 1660-1685) to the English throne. Pinckney was given the post of embroiderer in 1660/1, a position he shared with William Rutlish and Edmund Harrison. They were succeeded by J. Moseley (1680).

Pinckney is more renowned for being mentioned in the diary of Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), than for his embroidery: “Thursday 10th May 1660: This morning came on board Mr. Pinkney and his son, going to the King with a petition finely writ by Mr. Whore [Hoare], for to be the King’s embroiderer; for whom and Mr. Saunderson I got a ship.”

There is also a record in the British Government’s Treasury Records (Early Entry Book, XIV, p. 119; 26 April 1661) for the payment of £137.8s.0d for embroidering coats “for some of the messengers of the Chamber with arms, supporters, crowns, and other necessaries belonging to said coats.” (Calender of Treasury Book).

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 1 July 2016).


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