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SM Adam volume 6/179


[10] Preliminary design for a font for St Mary's Church, Ruabon, 1772, as executed


Elevation of a font, composed of an octagonal pedestal ornamented with quatrefoils, surmounted by three tapering legs ornamented with enclosed rosettes, and with claw and ball feet, and a wide stretcher ornamented with quatrefoils, and quatrefoils set between the legs, and with a top rail ornamented with quatrefoils, and winged masks, surmounted by an urn, with a socle ornamented with quatrefoils, and a body ornamented with trefoils, and pencil-drawn gadrooning


bar scale of 3 inches to 1 foot


Copy of a Font for Sir Watkin Williams Winn (in pencil) and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1772
    datable to 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (319 x 435)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 32
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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