Portrait of Thomas Adams (1807-1873), lace manufacturer and philanthropist, of Nottingham.

Scope and Content

Three-quarter length portrait of Thomas Adams wearing a black suit, and seated on a chair. His left hand rests on a Bible.

The artist and exact date of the portrait are not known. Caption on reverse of frame states 'Thomas Adams of The Firs, Nottingham. Father-in-law of C.B. Kingdon'.

Note that 'The Firs' is now known as 'Lenton Firs' and is part of the University Park Campus of The University of Nottingham.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Adams (1807-1873) was a lace manufacturer and philanthropist who lived at 'The Firs', now part of University Park, Nottingham. He was a Christian philanthropist, who contributed money towards the founding of a number of churches in Nottingham, including St Luke's near Sneinton. He was also a Councillor for St Mary's Ward, Borough Magistrate, Charitable Trustee for the Borough, and member of the Lenton School Board and Radford Board of Guardians. His lace factory was situated on St Mary's Gate in Nottingham, and his former lace warehouse (now known as the Adams Building) still stands nearby on Stoney Street.


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Access Information

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


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Custodial History

The painting was donated to The University of Nottingham by Melanie Fawcett.

Related Material

Deed of dissolution of partnership between Jonathan Nevill and Thomas Adams (Bo D 2). Notes concerning Thomas Adams in the Papers of J.A. Walker (BWL/15/1/6-7)