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List of illustrations

  • Loggi di Rafaele nel Vaticano
  • Design for the dressing-room ceiling at Mrs. Montagu's house in Hill Street
  • Ironwork balusters at 20 St James's Square, detail
  • Design for the chimney-piece in the Beauclerc Room at Horace Walpole's house, Strawberry Hill, Middlesex
  • Design of a chimney-piece for the Great Drawing room at Bolton House
  • Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the cabinet of the Honble. Wm. Hamilton
  • Design (unexecuted) for the chimney side of the great dining-room at Cumberland House, Pall Mall
  • Design for lock furniture in the Etruscan style for the Duke of Cumberland at Cumberland House
  • Design for the ceiling of Sir Edward Knatchbull's drawing-room at Mersham-le-Hatch, Kent
  • Pier-glass and table in the picture gallery at Corsham Court, Wiltshire
  • A pair of torchères and candelabra
  • Design for a hall-picture gallery at Kedleston
  • Design for an organ niche at Kedleston
  • Design for a sideboard niche at Kedleston
  • Plan of the Principal Story Kedleston Derbyshire
  • Intended Section, Kedleston Derbyshire
  • The south front of Kedleston
  • Section of Kedleston
  • Plan of the principal floor of Kedleston
  • Design for the ceiling of the painted breakfast-room in the family pavilion, Kedleston
  • Antique Roman ceiling in the Baths of Augustus
  • Design for the decoration of one of the walls of the painted breakfast-room in the family pavilion, Kedleston
  • Sketches for neo-classical tables and accompanying mirror frames, Kedleston
  • Design for the West End of the Musick Room, Kedleston
  • Design for the organ case, Kedleston
  • The music-room with the organ on the west wall, Kedleston
  • The drawing-room, Kedleston
  • Design of a Ceiling in the Antique Stile for the Venetian Window, Drawing Room at Kedleston
  • One of the caryatids on the drawing-room chimney-piece, Kedleston
  • The drawing-room (originally the dining-room) at Hatchlands, Surrey
  • Sofa, for the Withdrawing Room at Kedleston
  • Design of a Sopha for Lord Scarsdale & also executed for Mrs. Montagu in Hill Street
  • The window wall of the drawing-room, Kedleston
  • The library, Kedleston
  • Section of the East End of the Library, Kedleston
  • Section of the Chimney Side of the Library, Kedleston
  • Section of the Chimney Side of a Book Room for Kedleston House
  • The columnar screen between the ante-room and dressing-room, Kedleston
  • Design for the window wall of the proposed Book Room, Kedleston
  • Design (unexecuted) for the painted dome of the breakfasting-room, Kedleston
  • Design (unexecuted) for the chimney side of the painted breakfasting-room, Kedleston
  • The sideboard niche at the west end of the dining-room with Adam's display of plate, etc., Kedleston
  • Design of the West End of the Dining Room with the Nich & Sideboard, Kedleston
  • Tripod perfume burner with candle-branches, Kedleston
  • Two abutting doorcases in the south-west corner of the dining-room, Kedleston
  • A figure of Bacchus with a cup and thyrsus, Kedleston
  • Design of the Ceiling of the Dining Room, Kedleston
  • The marble hall, Kedleston
  • Design for the hall pavement, Kedleston
  • Design for Finishing the Sides of the Hall, Kedleston House
  • One of the doors in the hall, Kedleston
  • The saloon 1914, Kedleston
  • The stucco decorations, Kedleston, detail
  • The south or garden front of Croome Court
  • Ground-floor plan of Croome Court
  • Design of the Manner of Finishing one of the Side Walls of the Church at Croome
  • Design of a Gothic window with painted Glass ... (for the) Chapple at Croome
  • The canopy of the pulpit in Croome church
  • Initial design (unexecuted) for the ceiling of the gallery, Croome Court
  • View of the gallery, Croome Court
  • Laid-out wall elevations for finishing the gallery at Croome Court as a library
  • Bookcases in the library at Croome Court
  • Design for the Gobelins tapestry above the chimney-piece in the tapestry-room, Croome Court
  • Design for altering the French design for the tapestry room, Croome Court
  • View of the tapestry-room from Croome Court
  • Tripod, Croome Court
  • Sketch for Lord Coventry of a Tripod altered from a French design for a Water Stand, Croome Court
  • Miscellaneous designs of various pieces of Furniture, done for different persons
  • Design for a bed, Croome Court
  • Footpost of the Coventry bed, Croome Court, detail
  • Laid-out wall elevations of the gallery, Croome Court
  • View of the gallery chimney-piece and overmantel, Croome Court
  • Design of a Grate & Fender for the gallery fireplace, Croome Court
  • Side-table from the gallery with part of the en suite mirror above, Croome Court
  • Scroll stool from the gallery, one of ten, Croome Court
  • Arm-chair from the gallery, one of a suite of eight, Croome Court
  • Coventry House
  • Preliminary sketch plan (unexecuted) of the first floor of Coventry House
  • A reconstruction of the first-floor plan of the main body of Coventry House
  • Design for the drawing-room ceiling In the Style of the painted ornaments of the Ancients, Coventry House
  • The drawing-room ceiling as executed, Coventry House, detail
  • Record drawing of Adam's carpet designs for the drawing-room (right) and ante-room (left), Adam office, Coventry House
  • Side table
  • Design for the Mosaic scagliola table top, Coventry House
  • Design for a concave mirror and girandoles for the ante-room, Coventry House
  • Clothes-press
  • Clothes-press, detail
  • Elevations of six of the eight walls of Lady Coventry's octagonal dressing-room, Coventry House
  • Chimney-piece from Lady Coventry's dressing-room, Coventry House
  • Needlework carpet made for Lady Coventry's dressing-room, Coventry House
  • Design for a Glass frame for Lady Coventry's Dressing room, Coventry House
  • Sketch of a Hall Chair for The Rt. Honble The Earl of Coventry, Coventry House
  • The pier-glass from the dining-room at Coventry House, detail
  • View of Syon from the south-east
  • Plan of Syon c. 1593
  • Plan of Alterations for Sion House forming a Great Apartment
  • Preliminary (unexecuted) design for the hall, Syon House
  • Elevations of north end of the hall towards the Dying Gladiator and the great Apartment (top), and the south end towards the Laocoön and the private Apartment (bottom), Syon House
  • Plan of the principal Story (ground-floor) of Sion House
  • The entrance hall looking south, Syon House
  • Scrolled consoles, Syon House
  • A capriccio of Istrian and Dalmatian remains
  • Design for a pavement for the hall as first designed, Syon House
  • A view of the brilliantly colored ante-room looking back into the white hall, Syon House
  • The Ionic capitals of Rome and Greece compared
  • The Ionic Order of the Anti-Room, with the rest of the Detail of that Room, Syon House
  • The statuary marble and verd-antique chimney-piece, Syon House
  • The dining-room looking through into the drawing-room, Syon House
  • The dining-room chimney-piece with a Corinthian aedicule, Syon House
  • The drawing-room, Syon House
  • The drawing-room, Syon House
  • The window wall of the drawing-room, Syon House
  • Design for the drawing-room ceiling, Syon House
  • The ram's-head capitals on the drawing-room pier-tables, Syon House, detail
  • The Corinthian chimney-piece, Syon House, detail
  • One of the two carved and gilded drawing-room doors, Syon House
  • The long gallery looking north, Syon House
  • Elevation of the inner wall of the gallery, Syon House
  • A corner of the projecting bay on the east wall, Syon House
  • Elevation of the window wall, Syon House, detail
  • Design for the gallery carpet, Syon House
  • The round closet in the north-east tower, Syon House
  • Elevation of one wall of the small closet, Syon House
  • View of Alnwick Castle and the Lion Bridge
  • Plan of the principal floor of Alnwick Castle
  • The window recess in the saloon, Alnwick Castle
  • Design of the Chimney side of the Saloon at Alnwick Castle
  • The saloon chimney-piece, Alnwick Castle
  • Design for the library ceiling, Alnwick Castle
  • Preliminary design for the end walls of the library, Alnwick Castle
  • Alternative design for the end walls of the library, Alnwick Castle
  • Design of the Chimney Piece for the Library at Alnwick Castle
  • Design for finishing the Pannells in the Chapel at Alnwick
  • Design for painting the east window of the chapel, Alnwick Castle
  • Design of the Carpet for the Circular Recess or Pew in the Chapel, Alnwick Castle
  • Gothic arm-chair, Alnwick Castle
  • Lectern, Alnwick Castle
  • Design for the ceiling of the circular banqueting-room in the Record Tower at Alnwick Castle
  • Part of the Section of the Circular Room, Alnwick Castle
  • Design of a Ceiling for the Honorable Horace Walpole Esqr in the Beauclerc Room at Strawberry Hill, Middlesex
  • View of the south front of Northumberland House overlooking the garden and the Thames
  • Plan of the principal floor of Northumberland House
  • Design (unexecuted) for the drawing-room ceiling, Northumberland House
  • Inside View of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as it appears from the Stage altered & decorated in the year 1774
  • Elevation of the chimney side of the drawing-room, Northumberland House
  • Elevation of the window wall of the drawing-room, Northumberland House
  • Design for the interior of Lloyd's Coffee House
  • A section of one of the walls of the glass drawing-room at Northumberland House
  • Design for the ceiling of the Glass Drawing Room, Northumberland House
  • Design of an inlaid slab for a pair of pier-tables in the drawing-room, Northumberland House
  • Chimney-piece and hearth-slab, Northumberland House
  • Design for a Carpet for the Drawing Room Northumberland House
  • The glass drawing-room at Northumberland House
  • Glass drawing-room, Northumberland House
  • View of Bowood House, Wiltshire from the south-west
  • Plan of Bowood House
  • The entrance hall at Bowood
  • Design for hall stools for Bowood and Shelburne House (later Lansdowne House), Berkeley Square
  • Dedication to Robert Adam of Il campo marzio dell'antica, Rome
  • Palmyrene ceiling in the great drawing-room at Bowood, detail
  • Soffit of a Roman sepulchre
  • Elevation of the chimney side of the great drawing-room, Bowood, detail
  • The chimney-piece in the great drawing-room at Bowood
  • One of the panels of stucco decoration flanking the great drawing-room chimney-piece, Bowood
  • Elevation of the window wall of the great drawing-room, Bowood, detail
  • The interior of the first Earl of Shelburne's mausoleum at Bowood
  • The front of Lansdowne House facing Berkeley Square
  • Plan of the principal floor of Bute House
  • Parlour Story of a house for The Right Honorable Earl of Shelburne fronting Piccadilly
  • Plan of the principal floor as altered for the Earl of Shelburne, Lansdowne House
  • The hall, Lansdowne House
  • Laid-out wall elevations of the ante-room, Lansdowne House
  • The east end of the ante-room, Lansdowne House
  • Design for a carpet for the ante-room, Lansdowne House, detail
  • Design for a pier-glass and table for the ante-room, Lansdowne House
  • Console for Sir Lawrence Dundas at 19 Arlington Street
  • The drawing-room, Lansdowne House
  • The drawing-room, Lansdowne House
  • Design for the drawing-room ceiling, Lansdowne House
  • Design for a pier-glass and table frame for the drawing-room, Lansdowne House
  • Design for a caryatid table
  • The drawing-room, Lansdowne House
  • A reconstruction of Robert Adam's lost Design of a Section of 4 sides of the Drawing Room, coloured in the stile of the Ancients, Lansdowne House
  • Section of a Room for Sir George Colebrooke
  • Section of the Great Eating Room, Lansdowne House
  • The dining room, Lansdowne House
  • Design for the South Side of the Great Stair Case, Lansdowne House
  • The staircase hall, Lansdowne House
  • Design for the chimney-side of the first-floor library, Lansdowne House, detail
  • Design for Cabinets for the Room over the Anti Room, Lansdowne House
  • Design for a table frame, Lansdowne House
  • Section of the great library, Lansdowne House
  • The north front of Harewood House
  • Plan of the principal floor (i.e. the ground floor) of Harewood House
  • Revised plan of the ground floor of Harewood House
  • Revised ground floor plan of the west side Harewood House
  • Ground floor plan of Harewood House as executed
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the hall, Harewood House
  • View of the hall, Harewood House
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the saloon, Harewood House
  • The ceiling of the saloon, Harewood House
  • One of the two tabernacle chimney-pieces in the saloon, Harewood House
  • Antique Roman vaulted ceiling
  • Design for the ceiling of the first drawing-room (now the Yellow Drawing Room), Harewood House
  • View of the Yellow Drawing Room, Harewood House
  • First design (unexecuted) for the ceiling of the second drawing-room (now the Cinnamon Drawing Room), Harewood House
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the second drawing-room (now the Cinnamon Drawing Room), Harewood House
  • Design for the ceiling of the second drawing room (now the Cinnamon Drawing Room), Harewood House
  • Design for the ceiling of the gallery, Harewood House
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the gallery, Harewood House
  • Design for the chimney-piece in the gallery, Harewood House
  • View of the gallery at Harewood House
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the dining-room, Harewood House
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the music-room, Harewood House
  • View of the music-room, Harewood House
  • Vault discovered in Rome in 1721 in the Palace of Augustus
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the library (now the Old Library), Harewood House
  • View of the Old Library as recently restored, Harewood House
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of Edwin Lascelles's study, Harewood House
  • Princess Mary's Sitting Room (originally the state bedroom), Harewood House
  • Elevation of the window wall of the circular dressing-room, Harewood House
  • Design (unexecuted) for the circular dressing-room ceiling Painted in the Style of the Ancients, Harewood House
  • Design for the circular dressing-room, Harewood House
  • Design for a chimney-glass for the circular dressing-room, Harewood House
  • Design for a tripartite mirror for the wall opposite the chimney-piece in the circular dressing-room, Harewood House
  • The east front of Osterley Park
  • Plan of the principal floor of Osterley Park
  • Survey of the south front of Osterley
  • Plan for making Osterley into a regular U-shaped house with the entire east front removed and the north and south fronts reduced to the length of the west front
  • Section through Osterley House from West to East
  • Furniture at Osterley
  • Laid-out wall elevations of the dining-room, Osterley Park
  • View of the dining-room, Osterley Park
  • One of a suite of twelve lyre-back chairs for the dining-room, Osterley Park
  • The drawing-room, Osterley Park
  • Soffit of the Temple of the Sun, Palmyra
  • The drawing-room chimney-piece, Osterley Park
  • The drawing-room frieze and cornice, Osterley Park, detail
  • One of a pair of bow-fronted commodes and pier-glasses in the drawing-rooom, Osterley Park
  • One of the commodes with a medallion, Osterley Park, detail
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the library, Osterley Park
  • View of the library, Osterley Park
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the entrance hall, Osterley Park
  • View of the hall, Osterley Park
  • Sketch of a ram's-head stool, Osterley Park
  • Armchair
  • One of a set of four hall stools at Osterley
  • The staircase, Osterley Park
  • One of six girandoles on the alternate piers between the windows in the gallery, Osterley Park
  • The Boucher-Neilson tapestry room, Osterley Park
  • The south-east corner of the tapestry room, Osterley Park
  • The crest of the pier-glass, Osterley Park, detail
  • A drawing of the two medallions on the north wall of the tapestry room, Osterley Park
  • Tripod pedestal with painted medallions, Osterley Park
  • The state bed, Osterley Park
  • One of the four winged sphinxes on the projecting cornices of the entablature of the state bed, Osterley Park
  • Arm-chair with winged sphinxes, Osterley Park
  • Design for the counterpane for the state bed, Osterley Park
  • Design for the canopy for George III's box at the Italian Theatre, Haymarket
  • The Etruscan dressing-room, Osterley Park
  • Design for the painted decoration of the east wall of the Etruscan dressing-room, Osterley Park
  • A Design of a Chair for the Etruscan Dressing Room at Osterly, Osterley Park
  • Arm-chair painted in the Etruscan style, Osterley Park
  • Design for a tripod firescreen in the Etruscan style for Mrs. Child, Osterley Park
  • Design for an embroidered firescreen in the Etruscan style, Osterley Park
  • The south front of Kenwood House
  • Ground-floor plan (unexecuted) for additions and alterations to Kenwood House
  • Alternative ground-floor plan (unexecuted) for additions and alterations to Kenwood House
  • Section showing the north wall of the library and ante-room, Kenwood House
  • Final plan of the ground floor of Kenwood House
  • Section through the library showing the north wall, Kenwood House
  • Section through the library showing the south wall, Kenwood House
  • Sections through the library showing the apses at the west end (left) and east end (right), Kenwood House
  • Design for the library ceiling, Kenwood House
  • The south wall of the library, Kenwood House
  • One of the mirrored niches flanking the chimney-piece on the north wall, Kenwood House
  • A view into the library, Kenwood House
  • The hall—dining-room, Kenwood House
  • Designs of miscellaneous furniture for Kenwood House
  • William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
  • The chimney-piece in the upper hall with inset, painted Chinese tiles and carved and gilt-wood mounts, Kenwood House
  • A Chinese merman from whose tail a festoon of classical bellflowers is suspended, Kenwood House, detail
  • The palm frieze behind a Chinese firework fence, Kenwood House, detail
  • A putto in a scallop shell being drawn by two seahorses, Kenwood House, detail
  • The Kimbolton Cabinet, Kenwood House
  • Design for an épergne for Lord Mansfield, Kenwood House
  • Design for a Plateau for Lord Mansfield, Kenwood House
  • The east front of Nostell Priory with the wing added by Adam to the right
  • Plan of the principal floor of Nostell Priory
  • Plan of the principal floor of Nostell Priory
  • View of the library, Nostell Priory
  • The gib door with sham books, neatly Gilt and letterd, and an oval mirror in a stucco frame, Nostell Priory
  • Sketch of the sides of the Library with the different Colours markt on it, Nostell Priory
  • Sir Rowland and Lady Winn in the Library at Nostell
  • Section of the Great Drawing Room (later the tapestry drawing-room) at Nostel, Nostell Priory
  • View of the tapestry drawing-room, Nostell Priory
  • The statuary chimney-piece in the tapestry drawing-room, Nostell Priory, detail
  • Design for finishing the four Sides of the Saloon at Nostel, Nostell Priory
  • The saloon, view to the north-east with the door to the upper hall in the apse, Nostell Priory
  • The statuary chimney-piece in the saloon, Nostell Priory, detail
  • The window wall of the saloon, Nostell Priory
  • The wall frieze and one of the curtain cornices, Nostell Priory, detail
  • Plan and elevation of two tables for the Salon the tops to be of Scagliola, Nostell Priory
  • Plan and laid-out elevations of the four sides of the upper hall, Nostell Priory
  • View of the upper hall showing the great apse on the west wall and one of the two chimney-pieces on the north wall, Nostell Priory
  • One of a pair of pier-tables supported by male terms, Nostell Priory
  • Design for a cabinet supported by male term figures, detail
  • The state dressing-room, Nostell Priory
  • Elevation of the proposed north front of Nostell
  • The incomplete north front of Nostell
  • Section of the South side of the Vestibule, Nostell Priory
  • The east front of Newby Hall, Ripon
  • Plan for alterations to the ground floor of the existing seventeenth-century house, Newby Hall
  • Plan of the ground floor of Newby Hall
  • Plan and elevation of the sculpture gallery, Newby Hall
  • The entrance to the sculpture gallery on the south front of Newby Hall
  • Plan of the sculpture gallery, Newby Hall
  • Plan of A public gallery for statues, pictures, etc.
  • Section and elevation of the principal front of A public gallery for statues, pictures, etc.
  • Section of the north wall of the sculpture gallery, Newby Hall
  • Section of the End next the Dining Room, Newby Hall
  • View into the central rotunda from the room at the east end of the sculpture gallery, Newby Hall
  • The room at the east end of the gallery with the great apse and sarcophagus, Newby Hall
  • Sketch proposal for a domed sculpture gallery at the rear of 75 (later 76) Lower Grosvenor Street
  • Design for a pavement for the sculpture gallery, Newby Hall
  • A view from the entrance to the sculpture gallery into the dining-room (now the library), Newby Hall
  • A view from the dining-room (now the library) into the sculpture gallery, Newby Hall
  • Drawing of the timber framing for the construction of the apse and three niches at the west end of the dining-room (now the library), Newby Hall
  • The statuary chimney-piece in the dining-room (now the library), Newby Hall, detail
  • Design of a chimney-piece for John Hope of Amsterdam
  • Design for the ceiling of the dining-room (now the library), Newby Hall
  • Design of a Sideboard Table for the Dining room at Newby for William Weddell Esqr.
  • Design for a griffon pedestal and alabaster vase for lights in the dining-room, Newby Hall
  • Design of a Plate warmer for William Weddell Esqr. The ornaments to be gilt upon a Bronze ground, Newby Hall
  • Commode table, Newby Hall
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the ante-room, Newby Hall
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the hall, Newby Hall
  • The Ionic organ in the Doric hall, Newby Hall
  • Antique marble tripod
  • View of the hall showing part of the ceiling and the related pavement, Newby Hall
  • The Gobelins tapestry drawing-room, Newby Hall
  • Design for the tapestry drawing-room ceiling, Newby Hall
  • Design for the drawing-room carpet, Newby Hall
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the study or library (now the family drawing-room), Newby Hall
  • Elevation of the west wall of the study or library (now the family drawing-room), Newby Hall
  • The early eighteenth-century staircase on the south side of the house, Newby Hall
  • The east front of Saltram
  • Reconstruction of the ground-floor plan of Saltram as improved by Robert Adam
  • Preliminary design (unexecuted) for the drawing-room ceiling, Saltram
  • View of the drawing-room, Saltram
  • Elevation of the window wall of the drawing-room at Saltram, detail
  • One of four pier-glasses for the window wall of the drawing-room, Saltram
  • Design of a Table Frame for His Grace the Archbishop of York
  • One of a pair of mirrors and console-tables in the Red Velvet Room, Saltram
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the library (later the dining-room), Saltram
  • View of the dining-room (originally the library), Saltram
  • Plan of a House and Offices for John Parker Esqr near Saltram
  • The dining-room pier-glass and table in the Adam style, Saltram
  • Elevation of the east front of Luton Hoo
  • Elevation (unexecuted) of the west front of Luton Hoo
  • Elevations of the north and south fronts of Luton Hoo
  • Plan of the existing seventeenth-century house, Luton Hoo
  • Plan of enlarging the existing house: first court-yard plan, Luton Hoo
  • Plan of enlarging the existing house: enlarged quadrangle with projecting wings on south front, Luton Hoo
  • Plan of enlarging the existing house: enlarged quadrangle with projecting wings on south front, Luton Hoo
  • Plan of enlarging the existing house: quadrangular plan with long T-shaped wing on south front, Luton Hoo
  • Reconstruction of the plan of Pliny's Tuscum Villa, detail
  • Plan for an entirely new house: New Design for a house with quadrant wings, Luton Hoo
  • Plan for an entirely new house: new design for a quadrangular house, Luton Hoo
  • Revised plan for an entirely new house: improved New Design, Luton Hoo
  • Revised plan for an entirely new house: plan of a new addition to the old house, Luton Hoo
  • Revised plan for an entirely new house: improved version of the second New Design introducing court-yards on either side of the main east-west axis, by Bute’s son, Captain Charles Stuart, Luton Hoo
  • Revised plan for an entirely new house: corrected version of Captain Stuart’s plan, Luton Hoo
  • Revised plan for an entirely new house: the final plan, Luton Hoo
  • Design for the drawing-room ceiling, Luton Hoo
  • Design for the library ceiling, Luton Hoo
  • The library at Mellerstain
  • Design of the ceiling of Lady Bute's dressing-room on the first floor, Luton Hoo
  • Design of an armorial chimney-piece for the ante-room, Luton Hoo
  • Cornice, frieze and capital for the screens in the saloon, Luton Hoo
  • Design for armorial table frames with alabaster slabs in the saloon, Luton Hoo
  • Miscellaneous furniture for Luton Hoo
  • Venetian bronze andiron (one of a pair)
  • Pier-glass, table and torchères for the drawing-room at Luton Hoo
  • Preliminary design (unexecuted) for the drawing-room mirror with a mosaic table indicated below, Luton Hoo
  • Torchères from the drawing room at Luton Hoo
  • Design of a cabinet for the Earl of Bute
  • Design for an organ case for Bute House (later Lansdowne House)
  • Plan of the ground-floor of a new house at Wynnstay, Denbighshire
  • The front of 20 St James's Square
  • Ground and first-floor plans of 20 St James's Square
  • View of the staircase hall, 20 St James's Square
  • The first drawing-room, 20 St James's Square
  • The first drawing-room chimney-piece, 20 St James's Square
  • Design for a chimney-piece
  • Pier-table from the first drawing-room, 20 St James's Square
  • View of the second or great drawing-room, 20 St James's Square
  • Preliminary design (unexecuted) for the ceiling of the second drawing-room, 20 St James's Square
  • Design for the ceiling of the second drawing-room, 20 St James's Square
  • Design for a carpet for the second drawing-room, 20 St James's Square
  • A pair of pedestals from the second drawing-room, 20 St James's Square
  • Laid-out wall elevations of Lady Wynn's dressing-room, 20 St James's Square
  • View of Lady Wynn's dressing-room, 20 St James's Square
  • View of Lady Wynn's dressing-room, 20 St James's Square
  • A tablet with the Triumph of Venus, 20 St James's Square
  • Design for a pair of painted bookcases for Lady Wynn's dressing-room, 20 St James's Square
  • View of the eating-room, 20 St James's Square
  • The ram's-head console on the eating-room chimney-piece, 20 St James's Square, detail
  • Punch bowl, 20 St James's Square
  • Design for a ram's head candelabrum, 20 St James's Square
  • Candlestand painted white on a pale blue ground, 20 St James's Square
  • View of the music-room after it was converted to a dining-room, 20 St James's Square
  • The music-room chimney-piece, 20 St James's Square
  • Wall elevation, 20 St James's Square, detail
  • Design for a more ornate grate for the music-room, 20 St James's Square, detail
  • The organ from 20 St James's
  • The frieze of the Williams-Wynn organ from 20 St James's, detail
  • Figure of the muse Euterpe with her horn on the right side of the organ from 20 St James's
  • Design for door-furniture for Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn at 20 St James's Square
  • Design for the ceiling of the library, 20 St James's Square
  • The barrel-vaulted end of the library, 20 St James's Square
  • View of the library, 20 St James's Square
  • The front of Derby House, Grosvenor Square
  • A reconstruction of the ground and first-floor plans of the early eighteenth-century house, Derby House
  • Ground and first-floor plans of Derby House
  • Plan of the pavilion for the Earl of Derby's fête champêtre at The Oaks, Surrey
  • The ball-room in the pavilion erected for the Earl of Derby's fête champêtre at The Oaks, Surrey
  • The supper-room in the pavilion erected for the Earl of Derby's fête champêtre at The Oaks, Surrey
  • Design for a glass lantern, Derby House
  • Section of the chimney side of the first-floor ante-room, Derby House
  • Design for a combined pier-glass and girandole for the ante-room, Derby House
  • Chimney-piece and mirror for the first drawing-room (left), the chimney-piece and mirror frame in the second drawing-room (right), Derby House
  • Section of one side of the second drawing-room (above), section of one end of the second drawing-room (below), Derby House
  • Design for the ceiling of the second drawing-room, Derby House
  • View of the great drawing-room, Derby House
  • Design for the ceiling of the great drawing-room, Derby House
  • Elevation of the window wall of the great drawing-room, Derby House, detail
  • The view of the great drawing-room, Derby House, detail
  • Design for curtain cornices for the great drawing-room, Derby House
  • The chimney-piece with ormolu mounts from the great drawing-room at Derby House
  • Furniture and furnishing for Derby House (great drawing-room, left, and Etruscan dressing-room, right and center)
  • Design of a Ceiling in the Etruscan taste in the Countess of Derby's Dressing room, Derby House
  • Design for the chimney-piece and mirror for the glass drawing-room at Northumberland House
  • Chimney-piece for the Countess of Derby's Etruscan Dressing room of white Marble, inlaid with Ornaments of Scagliola in the Etruscan taste with the Glass frame over it, Derby House
  • Design for the commode in the Countess of Derby's dressing-room, Derby House
  • Commode from the Countess of Derby's dressing room, Derby House
  • Elevation of General Fitzroy's circular dressing-room in Fitzroy House, Highgate
  • Design for a bed for the Earl of Derby, Derby House
  • Design for curtain-cornices for the Countess of Derby's dressing room (top) and bedroom (bottom), Derby House
  • Design for an Etruscan-style armchair for the Earl of Derby's bedroom on the ground floor of Derby House
  • The front of Home House, 20 Portman Square, London
  • Plan of first floor of 20 Portman Square, Home House
  • Design for Lady Home's Staircase, Home House
  • The staircase, Home House
  • View of the music-room, Home House
  • Design for the chimney side of the music room, Home House
  • Design of the Organ Case for Lady Home (and) Plan of the Organ, Home House
  • The second drawing-room, Home House
  • Design (executed) for the ceiling of the second drawing-room, Home House
  • Record drawing of the friezes in some of the principal rooms at Home House, Adam office
  • Design of a Frame for the Duke of Cumberland's Picture for the Countess of Home, Home House
  • Door furniture in the principal rooms at Home House
  • Design for the window wall of the Etruscan room, Home House
  • Design for the south wall of the Etruscan room and the lit à polonaise, Home House
  • The chimney-piece in the Etruscan room, Home House, detail
  • Scetch of Cieling of Lady Homes Dining Parlour, Home House
  • View of the dining-room or back parlour, Home House
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the dining-room or back parlour, Home House
  • Scetch of Front Parl(our) Cieling Lady Home, Home House
  • View of the front parlour, Home House
  • Plan and laid-out wall elevations of the front parlour, Home House
  • The Corinthian capital and frieze in the front parlour, Home House, detail
  • Design for the chimney-piece in the front parlour, Home House
  • Scetch of Cieling of Library Lady Home, Home House
  • Design for the ceiling of the library or Sanctuary, Home House
  • The statuary chimney-piece, Home House
  • View of the north front of Culzean Castle
  • View of Culzean Castle from the south-west
  • Design for a villa for Sir Thomas Kennedy of Culzean
  • Plan and elevation of a design for a Casine for Sir Thomas Kennedy of Culzean
  • First-floor plan of a Casine for Sir Thomas Kennedy Bart, near Glasgow in Scotland
  • Plan of the first-floor of Culzean Castle
  • Design for refacing the north front of the offices, Culzean Castle
  • Plan of a circular brew-house, Culzean Castle
  • Design in perspective of the north front of Culzean Castle
  • Plan and elevation of Dalquharran Castle, Dailly, Aryshire
  • Plan of the ground Story of Culzean Castle
  • New design for the north front, Culzean Castle
  • Elevation of the east front, Culzean Castle
  • Plan of the first floor of Culzean Castle
  • Section through Culzean Castle from north to south
  • View of the oval staircase, Culzean Castle
  • Section of York House, Pall Mall
  • Design for the ceiling of the second drawing-room (later known as the Picture Room) at Culzean Castle
  • The Great Drawing Room at Audley End, Essex, showing the ceiling
  • The chimney-piece and mirror in the second drawing-room, Culzean Castle
  • Design for the saloon ceiling, Culzean Castle
  • View of the saloon, Culzean Castle
  • Initial design for the ceiling of the eating-room, Culzean Castle
  • Design for the eating-room pier-glass, Culzean Castle
  • Design for the girandoles for the eating-room, Culzean Castle
  • View of the west end of the eating-room, Culzean Castle
  • Design for the glass frame over the chimney-piece in the Buffet Room, Culzean Castle
  • View of the library (later the dining-room) looking south, Culzean Castle
  • Two bookcases from the library, Culzean Castle
  • A conjectural reconstruction of the library at Culzean
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~Robert Adam’s name is so well known that it might be thought that nothing more need be written about him, or conversely that everything will be contained in my book. Both ideas are far from the truth and should be buried without delay.
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~The encouragement, advice and constructive criticism given me over the years by Professor Robin Middleton has been invaluable, not only in itself but also in setting a high standard which I have endeavoured to attain. I have also benefited from lengthy and stimulating dialogues with Ian Gow of the National Trust for Scotland and Nick Savage, Librarian of...
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A few months in the stimulating atmosphere of Rome in 1755 brought this truth home to Robert Adam and made him decide, then and there, to aim for an ‘English establishment’, a practice in London, when he returned from abroad. The importance of this decision cannot be overestimated. It put quite a different complexion on Adam’s three years in Rome: it drove and directed his...
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~Adam was introduced to Sir Nathaniel Curzon by his friend General Sir Charles Hay in December 1758, a month after he succeeded as fifth baronet. Had their meeting taken place a few months earlier, the job of building a new house at Kedleston in Derbyshire to rival Holkham might have gone to Adam instead of the sixty-year-old Matthew Brettingham. None the less, it...
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~The circumstances of Adam’s introduction to George William, sixth Earl of Coventry (1722–1809) and his engagement at Croome in Worcestershire are obscure. On 24 July 1760 he wrote to his...
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~The London residence of the Earls of Coventry from 1735 to 1764 was an ample (too ample, according to the sixth earl) five-bay, three-storey house built around 1731 on the east side of Grosvenor Square. Though the sixth earl began refurbishing it as soon as he inherited in 1751...
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~Within the Jacobean shell of Syon House, Middlesex, Horace Walpole witnessed the emergence in 1764 of...
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~The restoration of Alnwick Castle in Northumberland (pls 124, 125) as the northern seat of the Percys was well on the way towards completion when Adam succeeded James Paine as architect in 1769. It was begun in 1750 by the new Earl of Northumberland, Sir Hugh Smithson, who had recently succeeded to...
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~Until 1768, Adam’s work for the first Duke of Northumberland was confined to the magnificent new suite of state rooms at Syon. Once that had been accomplished, he was promptly given James Paine’s job as architect at Alnwick Castle and Northumberland House in the Strand, in London.
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~It was said of William Petty, Viscount Fitzmaurice, second Earl of Shelburne and later first Marquess of Lansdowne (1737–1805) that ‘he was never satisfied with what anyone did, or even with what he did himself, but altered and changed without end’.This...
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~In 1935, the mutilated remains of Lansdowne House (pl. 167), the private palace off Berkeley Square in London begun by Adam in 1762 for the third Earl of Bute and completed for the second Earl of Shelburne, were reconstructed as the headquarters of...
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~Adam’s attempt, in June 1758, to ‘dazzle the Eyes’ of the wealthy Yorkshire squire, Edwin Lascelles, with a ‘tickled up’ version of John Carr’s Palladian designs for his new £30,000 house at Gawthorpe, or...
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~Osterley, Middlesex, was a botched Elizabethan pile when Adam came there in 1761; when he left in 1778 it was ‘a palace of palaces . . . so improved and enriched that all the Percies and...
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~The house at Kenwood on the outskirts of London, in Hampstead (pl. 266), that the Hon. William Murray bought from the third Earl of Bute in 1754 was a modest villa of two storeys and seven bays, with a pedimented three-bay centre on the south...
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~According to contemporary sources, Colonel James Moyser of Beverley designed the large new house that Sir...
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~The convoluted architectural history of Newby Hall near Ripon in Yorkshire (pl. 312)...
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~While in some houses, like Syon and Osterley, Adam was able to display his genius in overcoming the irregularities of the earlier fabric by creating whole suites of grand reception rooms, elsewhere he was merely required to design one or two interiors, or even just a ceiling, table or mirror frame that would give a fashionable fillip to what the previous generation...
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~In 1764 John, third Earl of Bute (1712–92) gave Adam the only opportunity he ever had to build an entirely new country house on a grand scale, at Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire.As a mark of his commitment, Bute subscribed to ten copies of Adam’s Ruins of the palace of the...
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~The ‘Welsh Maecenas’ Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn (1749–89) was only five months old when he succeeded as fourth Baronet of Wynnstay in Denbighshire on 26 September 1749. His father,...
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~On 31 March 1773 the Morning Chronicle published the following notice:
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~The interiors of 20 Portman Square, London, built for Elizabeth, Dowager Countess of Home, are rightly regarded as among Adam’s masterpieces. However, until recently it has passed unnoticed that the first architect of the building, from 1772 to 1775, was...
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~In the early 1770s, it became increasingly apparent to Adam that his supremacy in the field of interior design was under threat from a host of successful imitators and competitors: Chambers, Paine, Taylor, ‘Capability’ Brown and the young Henry Holland. The public acclaim that greeted the opening of Wyatt’s Pantheon in January 1772 stung his...
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