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William & Thomas Reeves

The Reeves brothers were very different.

William had the inventiveness and intransigence of a genius and it was his stubbornness combined with his strong principles and uncompromising ways that led to his estrangement from his family.

He died an embittered man leaving his considerable fortune to his house keepers.

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It was William’s brother Thomas, “a pillar of society”, who created a secure foundation for the family business.

He was well liked by customers and was always open to new markets, selling ‘every article for drawing miniatures, landscapes, portraits, mapping, signals, fortification etc’.

Thomas Reeves led the company’s expansionist business traditions and widened the stock to include pens, pencils, brushes, paint bladders, a variety of palettes and porcelain mixing wells.

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  • In the Beginning

    In 1766 William Reeves opened his first shop near St Paul’s Cathedral in Well Lane, Little Britain where he ma...
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  • William & Thomas Reeves

    The Reeves brothers were very different. William had the inventiveness and intransigence of a genius and was t...
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  • Moist Watercolour Paint Cakes

    The embossed paint-cake was the invention of William Reeves. His training as a wire-drawer gave him the idea t...
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  • The Greyhound

    They greyhound crest was ’discovered’ by Thomas Reeves and adopted as trademark by William John Reeves, the st...
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  • Laying the Foundations

    Once established in England, the Reeves business grew effortlessly across foreign markets. This was mainly thr...
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  • Into education

    By 1866 Reeves was being run by Henry (son of William Reeves) Reeves’ two nephews, Henry Wild and Charles Kemp...
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  • Into the 20th Century

    In 1921 Reeves built the Greyhound Colour works at Enfield which became famous for its Greyhound Pastels. Unfo...
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  • Today

    Reeves continues to be a huge brand both in the UK and internationally. Manufacturing a range of quality acryl...
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