Rogers purchased number 4 Laurence Pountney Lane, an early Georgian house which has since been demolished, from Mrs Mary Gibbs in 1764. Adam was employed to design new ceilings and chimneypieces for this house, first producing a set of survey plans of the building to assist in this process, although none were executed. Adam's plans, however, show both the domestic and warehouse spaces required for mercantile use, and Rogers may have intended to let out number 4 for this purpose.
Rogers died unmarried, and his collection and property - including numbers 3, 4 and 5 Laurence Pountney Lane - passed first to his brother-in-law William Cotton (d.1791), and then to his nephew, also William Cotton (d.1816), who sold part of the collection in auctions of 1798, 1799 and 1801. What remained of the collection passed to Rogers' great nephew, another William Cotton (1794-1863), who bequeathed it to Plymouth Library.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 41, 86; B. Weinreb, and C. Hibbert, The London encyclopaedia, 1983, p. 460; S. Bradley, and N. Pevsner, The buildings of England: London 1: The city of London, 1997, p. 529
Frances Sands, 2012
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Contents of Laurence Pountney Lane, Number 4, London, unexecuted designs for ceilings and chimneypieces for Charles Rogers, 1765 (21)
- Survey drawings for the house, c1765 (3)
- Design of a ceiling for the dining room, 1765, unexecuted (1)
- Design for a ceiling for the staircase, 1765, unexecuted (1)
- Design for a chimnyepiece for the dining room, 1765, unexecuted (1)
- Design for a chimneypiece for the front room, 1765, unexecuted (1)
- Designs for a chimneypiece for the back parlour, 1765, unexecuted (2)
- Design for a chimneypiece for the front room on the second floor, 1765, unexecuted (1)
- Design and record drawing for a chimneypiece for a dressing room on the first floor, 1765, unexecuted (2)
- Designs for a chimneypiece for a dressing room on the second floor, 1765, unexecuted (2)
- Design and record drawing for a chimneypiece, 1765, unexecuted (2)
- Designs for chimneypieces, 1765, unexecuted (5)