The Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam
The Palladian style dominated British architecture for most of the 1700s, until the rise of the Adam style, which held sway for the final decades of the eighteenth century. Brothers Robert and James Adam were almost single-handedly responsible for infusing Georgian architecture with the sensibilities and elements of classical Hellenic and Latinate design. Their elegant, sophisticated form of Neoclassicism affected not only architecture, but also interior design, furniture design, and landscaping.
The Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam, one of the most celebrated books in architectural history, consists of the brothers' own selections of illustrations from their commissions. Dating from the 1770s, these 106 illustrated plates epitomize the style that influenced generations of British and American architectural and furniture designs. Created by some of the finest commercial engravers of the age — including four plates by Piranesi — these illustrations are painstakingly reproduced in perfect detail and clarity. The original text imparts the Adams' own esthetic and practical aims, and an informative introduction places the brothers' work in historical perspective.
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Adam Style Adam’s ADDISON MIZNER Admiralty adorned Agrippa ancient anteroom anti-room antique apartments architect Architecture of Robert artists beauty bridge capital chimneypieces cieling circular Clérisseau coloured columns composition County of Middlesex decoration DESIGNS OF SION Details Doric dressing-room Duke of Northumberland Earl of Bute Eating-room Edinburgh elegance England entablature Etruscans executed FLOOR PLANS French Furniture designed gateway gilt graceful Gustav Stickley Henry Hope Reed imitation interior introduced Ionic Ionic Order Italy James Adam James’s James’s-Square Kenwood London Luton Hoo Luton House main floor Mansfield Mistley modern noble Number ornament painting pannels pilasters Piranesi Plan and elevation Plates I–VIII PLATES PLATE porter’s hall Portico recesses Robert Adam Robert and James Romans Rome Section Shelburne House Sir Watkin Williams south façade south front square stairs stucco Syon House taste Temple trophies variety various vase View villa volute Watkin Williams Wynn Wynn House Wynn’s Zucchi