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Mr Nettleship: designs for a pier glass and two chimneypieces; it is not known if these designs were executed, 1783-84 (5)

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Mr Nettleship is unknown. Eileen Harris has suggested that the intended location for the mirror inscribed as being for Mr Nettleship (Adam volume 20/256) was Coworth House in Sunningdale, Berkshire. The reason for this attribution is unclear as Coworth was not leased by a Mr Nettleship until after 1811, long after Adam’s designs of 1783-84. Therefore, the intended location for these designs is not known, and moreover, it is not known if the designs were executed.

Literature:
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 56, 82; E. Harris, The furniture of Robert Adam, 1963, p. 49; G. Tyack, S. Bradley, and N. Pevsner, The buildings of England: Berkshire, 2010, pp. 543-544

Frances Sands, 2015

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Contents of Mr Nettleship: designs for a pier glass and two chimneypieces; it is not known if these designs were executed, 1783-84 (5)