Richard Bull ca.1725-1805

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Richard BULL ca.1725-1805

Bookplate of Richard Bull in the collection of the W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections Library, Queen's University, SW Dated 1674 .C36

Biographical Note

Born at Chipping Ongar, Essex, son of Sir John Bull and Elizabeth Turner. He was educated at Westminster and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Bull was a Member of Parliament in the constituency of Newport, Cornwall, from June 26, 1756–1780.


Bull extra-illustrated (grangerized) almost seventy items in his collection. His library included approximately five hundred illustrated volumes, including books bequeathed to him by Horace Walpole and Anthony Morris Storer. Correspondence exists between Bull and Walpole. Parts of his collection were sold at auction by Leigh and Sotheby on 8 March 1810; and later at Sotheby's on 23 May 1881; and with parts included in the sale of A.C. Swinburne (a descendant of Bull's wife by her first marriage) at Sotheby's, 1889.

Characteristic Markings

Bull used a Chippendale bookplate in his books, of which three variations exist (Franks 4282-4284).


  • Richard Bull, British Museum.
  • History of Parliament Online.
  • Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903.
  • Leigh, B. and Sotheby, S, A catalogue of the duplicates of the two libraries of R.H.A. Bennet, esq. and of the late Richard Bull, of Ongar, Essex, Esq.: To which is added, the library of another gentleman ...: Which will be sold by auction, by Leigh and S. Sotheby ... march 8, 1810, and seven following days, (Sunday excepted) .. (1810) Available via
  • Information from Kim Bell.

With thanks to Kim Bell.