Robert and James Adam

Robert & James Adam
Robert (1728-1792) and James (1732-1794) were the sons of the Scottish architect William Adam. After training under his father, Robert spent nearly five years on the Continent (1754-1758) furthering his studies. On his return he established his practice in London, where he was joined by James. Overshadowing his brother throughout his life, Robert became one of the most successful architects of his day and is widely considered to be the pre-eminent architect of the late 18th Century.

The brothers published two volumes of their designs during their lifetime as Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam, in 1773-78 and 1779. A third volume was published posthumously in 1822. Our photolithographic plates are from a facsimile edition published in 1900.

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