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Preliminary design for a font for St Mary's Church, Ruabon, 1772, as executed (1)


This design for a font was the only Adam design for Sir Watkin which was executed in Ruabon. The font was presented to St Mary's Church by Sir Watkin in 1772 on the occasion of the christening of his son (the future 5th Baronet). (See scheme notes).

Attached to this drawing is a note in the hand of Sir John Summerson:
Font in Ruabon Parish Church. I visited the Church at Ruabon on Oct. 17th 1948 & noticed a good font consisting of a marble urn (with cora) on a wooden tripod. The well bore the inscription: 'Presented by Sir Watkin Williams Wynn Bt. to the Church of Ruabon on the baptism of his son, 1772'. Its design was so characteristic of R. Adam's work that I subsequently went through the drawings here where I found a very similar design inscribed 'Copy of a font for Sir Watkin Williams Winn' (undated, & with pencilled notes on it) which, although its details are slightly different, leaves us no doubt that the Ruabon font was designed by Adam. JS



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