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Saturday, 8 November 2008

Robert Adam Fife Scotland

Robert Adam (1728-92). Architect. He was born on 3rd July 1728 in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, the son of William Adam (1689-1748), an architect who was responsible for a number of 18th century Scottish houses, including part of Hopetoun House. Adam enjoyed a classical education which included visits to Italy and Dalmatia to study Roman architecture; the drawings he made there were to have an effect on his style of architecture. On his return to Britain he was made architect to george III and, with his brother James, he wrote the influential three-volume Works on Architecture (1778—1822). Adam designed several striking buildings in London, including Syon House and the Adelphi Theatre, and in Edinburgh he completed the designs for Register House and the Old College of the University as well as the unified buildings on the north side of Charlotte Square. The Adam style, as it has come to be known, is popularly associated with his interior designs which combine the Gothic with the neo-classical of the 18th century.

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