Jefferys & Faden collection  1773-1783
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Thomas Jefferys (b. 1755) was the son of Thomas Jefferys (ca. 1719-1771), a cartographer, publisher, and geographer to King George III. He was apprenticed to his father and oversaw the family business after his father's death. From 1771-1776, he had a business partnership with William Faden.

William Faden was born in London in 1749, the son of William Faden, a printer. He was apprenticed to engraver James Wigley and joined the younger Thomas Jefferys in a business partnership in the early 1770s. In 1783, he inherited his father's business and became geographer to King George III. Faden retired in 1823 and died in Shepperton, England, on March 21, 1836.