These drawings survive for mirror designs for an unknown house on St Martin's Lane. The designs are not known to have been executed, and the patron, Mr Hamilton, is also unknown. Arthur Bolton has suggested that he may have been John Hamilton of Bargeny who was a subscriber to Adam's publication The ruins of the palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro in Dalmatia (1764).
According to the ratebooks, one, Sarah Hamilton lived at number 42 St Martin's lane from 1785-87, but it is not known if she was connected with Adam's patron for these designs.
See also: St James's Square, number unknown: unexecuted designs for a ceiling and frieze for Mr Hamilton
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James, Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 50, 74; Survey of London, Volume 20, 1940, pp. 119-22; E. Harris, The furniture of Robert Adam, 1963, Index p. 58; B. Weinreb, and C. Hibbert, The London encyclopaedia, 1983, p. 756; S. Bradley, and N. Pevsner, The buildings of England: London 6; Westminster, 2003, p. 360
Frances Sands, 2013
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Contents of St Martin's Lane, number unknown, London: designs for mirror frames for Mr Hamilton, c1787 (7)
- Alternative preliminary designs and finished drawings for an overmantel mirror frame, c1787, not known to have been executed (4)
- Preliminary designs and design for alternative pier glasses for the bedroom, 1787, not known to have been executed (3)