Thomas and Grace Tosier
Thomas wasn’t only the King’s chocolate maker – he also ran a chocolate house on Chocolate Row in Greenwich, which was managed by his wife Grace. It was very popular and often mentioned in the social pages. They even installed a ‘Great Room’ in 1721 just for dancing!
The Tosier name was clearly important as after Thomas died and Grace remarried, she remained a Tosier. It appears that Grace was quite a character – she was known for wearing a ‘large brimmed hat’ and ‘flowers in her bosom’.
Grace was so successful that the fashionable painter Bartholomew Dandridge painted her portrait in 1729. Her portrait became a collectable print and she was considered a Georgian celebrity. Today you can see this original print hanging above the fireplace in the Chocolate Room.