Nicholas Goodison, English Barometers 1680-1860, Woodbridge, 1997, p. 284, fig. 193.
The Whitehurst family clockmaking business was started in Derby by John Whitehurst I (1713-1788), and the business was carried on by his son John Whitehurst (1761-1834) who is recorded as working at 22 Irongate, Derby (N. Goodison, Barometers, London, rev. ed., 1977, pp. 284-5, pl. 193). It is not clear whether this group of barometers, probably dating from the early to mid-1770s, were made by the father or son. The father moved to London in 1776. This barometer is part of a group, differing in only the smallest detail, including:
-One sold anonymously (Arthur A. Leidesdorf), Sotheby's, London, 27-28 June 1974, lot 158 (the design lacking the pedestal at the bottom of the shaft).
-One from the Judge Irwin Untermyer collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (illustrated in Y. Hackenbroch, The Untermyer Collection - Furniture, New York, 1958, pl. 20).
-One illustrated in P. Macquoid & R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, rev. ed., London, 1954, vol. I, p. 19, fig. 24.
-One from the Henry Hirsch collection illustrated in M. Harris & Sons Catalogue and Index, vol. III, n.d. (1928), p. 477.
-One, more elaborate, sold by Walter P. Chrysler, Jr, Parke-Bernet New York, 29-30 April 1960, lot 220.
-One in the Gerstenfeld Collection (E. Lennox-Boyd,(ed.), Masterpieces of English Furniture - The Gerstenfeld Collection, London, 1998, p. 242, cat. no. 99).