George Hepplewhite was an English cabinet and furniture maker working in England in the 1800s. His 'Cabinetmaker and Upholsterer's Guide' was published in 1788 two years after his death. His style had a light simplicity with classical undertones - he was particulary famous for his chairs.
Surface ornament and painting replaced the heavier carved decoration of earlier periods. Many chairs had shield-shaped backs with splats in the shape of wheat sheaves, Prince of Wales feathers or lyres. Legs were straight and tapered, usually into spade feet. They are gorgeous chairs and originals are much sought after.