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John Kenrick: designs for mirror frames, 1783; it is not known if these designs were executed (4)

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John Kenrick is unknown, but Harris has suggested that he may have been a member of the Kenrick family of Alwalton, Huntingdon. Moreover, he may have been John Kenrick (1735-99), who served as MP for Bletchingley in 1780-90. What is clear is that in 1783 Kenrick commissioned Adam to make designs for mirror frames, but it is not known if these were executed.

Literature:
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, pp. 55, 77; E. Harris, The furniture of Robert Adam, 1963, p. 47; ‘Kenrick, John (1735-99)’, History of Parliament online

Frances Sands, 2015

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