Adair, John & William

Wardour St, Soho, London; carvers and gilders(1769–77)
The use of the same address and a reference to Adair & Co. show an association between John and William Adair in this period. In 1773 William Adair was described as joiner to HM's Privy Chamber, and Supplied ‘two rich carved and gilded frames for Their Majesty's Pictures in whole Lengths’. [DEF] ‘Adair Carver’ worked at Hartwell House, Aylesbury, Bucks. in 1766 and 1778 supplying the frames for three tables in the drawing room, two mirrors ‘and other ornaments in the room’. Recorded in Sir William Lee's account books. [Hartwell House Lib.; GCM] John Adair carried out carving work at Sir John Griffin Griffin's London house in New Burlington St for which he charged £41 in 1778. [Essex RO, D/DBy/A37/4] For Shelburne House, London, or Bowood, Wilts. Adair & Co. supplied goods and carried out work ‘by order of Mr. Stuart’, being paid between February and July 1775. [Bowood MS accounts bk] B.A.