1783 - ?

Samuel William Fores (1761–1838) was the son of a cloth merchant and founded his business in Piccadilly, London as a publisher and printseller in 1783, specialising in caricatures. After the death of S W Fores's in 1838 the business was continued as Messrs Fores by his sons, George Thomas Fores (1806-1858) and Arthur Blücher Fores (1814-1883), who moved from satirical to sporting prints. It continued to be run by the descendants of George Thomas Fores until well into the 20th century. In 1938, Fores & Co moved to 138 New Bond Street and in 1980 as Fores Gallery Ltd they moved from 29 Bruton Street to 15 Sicilian Avenue. In the early 21st century the remaining stock was acquired by Stephen Ling of Brackley, Northamptonshire, who continued to reprint the plates