BORN 1766 - DIED 29 Feb 1844, London: Peckham Rye|
GRAVE LOCATION London: Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove
Vincent Figgins cast and sold metal type for printing. He started as an apprentice to the typefounder Joseph Jackson (1733-1792). He worked for Jackson from 1782 until the latter's death. He wanted to take over the foundry but he had no means to pay for it and it was purchased by William Caslon III. Figgins now opened his own foundry at White Swan Yard, Holborn, London. In 1801 he moved to West Street, Smithfield. Figgins published his types first in sheets and later in books. He received commissions from Oxford University Press and from Thomas Bensley for his Macklin's Bible.
Figgins also entered politics and served as a Common Councilman for the ward of Farringdon. He retired from his foundry in favour of his sons in 1836 and he moved to Peckham Rye. There he died in 1846.
Son: Figgins, James
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