This design for a picture frame is dated 27th October 1772, suggesting that the earlier attribution to John Manners, who died in 1770, is incorrect, and that his son, Charles was Adam’s patron. The iconography within the design, however, offers some doubt about the accuracy of the date on this drawing. The design makes use of Rutland unicorns (unicorns are the supporters to the Rutland arms), as well as military trophies. John, but not Charles, was a military man. Either the drawing is incorrectly dated and it was indeed commissioned by the John, prior to his death in 1770, or the design was commissioned by Charles, in 1772, possibly for a portrait of his military father. The intended location for this frame is not known, and it is not known to have been executed.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 55, 72; E. Harris, The furniture of Robert Adam, 1963, Index p. 59; J. Ingamells, A dictionary of British and Irish travellers in Italy: 1701-1800, 1997, p. 418; C. Mosley (ed.), Burke's peerage, baronetage & knightage, 2003, p. 3446-50; History of Parliament online: 'Manners, John, Mq. of Granby (1721-70)', and 'Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland (1754-87)'
Frances Sands, 2013
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