Robert Adam
(1728-1792)

Died aged c. 64

Robert Adam FRSE FRS FSA (Scot) FSA FRSA (3 July 1728 – 3 March 1792) was a British neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer. He was the son of William Adam (1689–1748), the country's foremost architect of the time, and trained under him. With his older brother John, Robert took on the family business, which included lucrative work for the Board of Ordnance, after William's death. In 1754, he left for Rome, spending nearly five years on the continent studying architecture under Charles-Louis Clérisseau and Giovanni Battista Piranesi. On his return to Britain he established a practice in London, where he was joined by his younger brother James. Here he developed the "Adam Style", and his theory of "movement" in architecture, based on his studies of antiquity and became one of the most successful and fashionable architects in the country. Adam held the post of Architect of the King's Works from 1761 to 1769. Robert Adam was a leader of the first phase of the classical revival in England and Scotland from around 1760 until his death. He influenced the development of Western architecture, both in Europe and in North America. Adam designed interiors and fittings as well as houses. He served as the member of Parliament for Kinross-shire from 1768 to 1774.

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Commemorated on 6 plaques

Robert Adam, Thomas Hood, John Galsworthy, Sir James M. Barrie and other eminent artists and writers lived here

1-3 Robert Street, Adelphi, Westminster, WC2, London, United Kingdom where they lived

This building stands on the site of Adelphi Terrace built by the brothers Adam in 1768-1774. Among the occupants of the Terrace were Topham and Lady Diana Beauclerk, David Garrick, Richard Doyle Carte, Thomas Hardy & George Bernard Shaw, The London School of Economics and Political Science and the Savage Club also had their premises here.

The Adelphi, Westminster, WC2, London, United Kingdom where they built

Robert Adam 1728-1792 architect

Boston House, 37 Fitzroy Square, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Red Lion Hotel One of the oldest established inns in Pontefract. Present facade designed by Robert Adam in 1776 for Sir Rowland Winn of Nostell Priory.

, Pontefract, United Kingdom where they designed (1776)

Trades Hall Robert Adam's design on 1791

85 Glassford Street, G1 1UH, Glasgow, United Kingdom where they designed (1791)

The House of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce. Foundation Laid 28 March 1772 Complete 24 April 1774 Robert & James Adam Architects.

8 John Adam Street, London, United Kingdom where they designed (1772-1774)