Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks: Glazing Quarries

Scope and Content

A collection of engravings of painted glass embodied in Sir A.W. Franks, Book of ornamental glazing quarries, 238 folios. Fos 2-13 and alternate leaves thereafter are blank.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826-1897) was born in Geneva, the son of Captain Frederick Franks, R.N., and Frederica, daughter of Sir John Saunders Sebright. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He became an assistant in the Department of Antiquities at the British Museum in 1851, and was the Keeper of British and Medieval Antiquities, 1866-1896. Franks served as president of the Society of Antiquaries, and was an honorary member of the Royal Academy. He died on 21 May 1897.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Miss Searle, 1916.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Franks in Who was who, Vol. I, 1897-1915 (London, 1966).

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The volume was formerly part of the library of the Revd W.G. Searle.


The Book of oramental gazing quarries was printed in London, 1840.