Richard Baskervill (1840-1898), 'brassfounder and manufacturer of all kinds of fountain jets' is listed in London directories at 136 Newington Butts from 1870 until 1890. In 1865 he was at 24 Church Road, Newington Butts, 'manufacturer of pumps, cocks,
closets, fountain jets & closet valves'.
Although Baskervill's directory entry for 1870 includes a reference to an 'illustrated list free', this catalogue is dated from advertisements published in the South London Chronicle and South London Press July-September 1885; May-July 1887, viz: South London Chronicle, 18 July 1885: "Fountain jets. R. Baskervill, 36 Newington Butts, London S.E., maker of jets for aquariums, gardens &c. Contractor to Health Exhibition of jets and metallic plants. Silver medal awarded. Price list, 1 stamp"; South London Press, 14 May 1887: "Fountain jets. R. Baskervill, 36 Newington Butts, London S.E., jet maker to the Health, Inventions, Indian, Colonial, and Folkestone Exhibitions. Silver medal awarded. Illustrated price list, 1 stamp." The 1887 advertisement includes engravings of fountains.The Essex Newsman, 30 August 1887, reported in some detail on a large rustic fountain, portable, erected by Baskervill at a recent Bishop Stortford Horticultural Society exhibition.