[hep-uh l-hwahyt, -wahyt]


George,died 1786, English furniture designer and cabinetmaker.


noting the style prevailing in English furniture c1780–c95, as illustrated in designs published by the firm of George Hepplewhite in 1788, reflecting Adam and Louis XVI influences.

Origin of Hepplewhite

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Historical Examples of hepplewhite

  • I shall squander every penny on things Chippendale and Sheraton and Hepplewhite.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • There are more pieces of Hepplewhite furniture in America than one is aware of.

    The Old Furniture Book

    N. Hudson Moore

  • Figure 32 shows two Hepplewhite settees with shield-shaped backs.

    The Old Furniture Book

    N. Hudson Moore

  • This was at the commencement of the Hepplewhite period, which lasted till 1790.

  • Close upon the heels of the Chippendales was the firm of Hepplewhite.

    Chats on Old Clocks

    Arthur Hayden

British Dictionary definitions for hepplewhite



of, denoting, or made in a style of ornamental and carved 18th-century English furniture, of which oval or shield-shaped open chairbacks are characteristic

Word Origin for Hepplewhite

C18: named after George Hepplewhite (1727–86), English cabinetmaker
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Word Origin and History for hepplewhite


as a modifier, by 1878, in reference to style of furniture introduced in England by cabinetmaker George Hepplewhite (d.1786). The proper name is from Heblethwaite, near Sedbergh in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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