Regarded as one of the top English furniture makers of the 18th century, George Hepplewhite created a distinctive style of graceful, light, and fashionable furniture. He is known for, among other things, the shield-shaped chair back as well as popularizing the sideboard and the short chest of drawers. Hepplewhite's furniture utilized a variety of woods including mahogany, satinwood and maple, often contrasting woods, colors and geometric patterns. His work was very popular along the eastern seaboard. His book, "The Cabinet Maker and Uphosterer's Guide" was published posthumously in 1788.