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Robert Adam

Robert Adam
Drawings and Imagination

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Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Architecture

  • Date Published: February 1994
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 1998
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521433150

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  • This book attempts to explain how the great eighteenth-century architect Robert Adam went about the business of design. It therefore deals with Adam's drawings rather than the buildings themselves, and tries to show that these pen, wash and watercolour 'inventions', of which he was an acknowledged master, were the ideal vehicle for his architectural ideas. It was to this end that Robert and his brother James studied drawing and composition in the most advanced drawing schools of Rome. The Adam publication The Works of Architecture (1773) attempted an equation between drawing style, Robert Adam 'inventions' and the Picturesque, which dominated the last 20 years of the Adam practice. The Works itself is seen as a seminal book which obliquely supplied the theory for the Adam interpretation of the Picturesque in its various prefaces and the plates themselves. In all of this Adam was served by a carefully-organised office, itself virtually a drawing academy.

    • The first investigation into the vast treasure-trove of the many thousands of Adam drawings in London and Scotland
    • The work of a distinguished expert on landscape architecture who sheds new light on one of the most popular of all British architects
    • Illustrated by over 150 black-and-white and colour illustrations, many reproduced for the first time
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    'Written objectively and with clarity … successful in its aims.' Robert Tavernor, Architects Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521433150
    • length: 194 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 193 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.695kg
    • contains: 143 b/w illus. 10 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 1998
  • Table of Contents

    1. Drawing in Italy
    2. The concorso style
    3. The Adam office
    4. The Works
    5. The picturesque style.

  • Author

    A. A. Tait

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