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The double portico (an open space created by a roof held up by columns) at Osterley Park, derived from the Portico of Octavia, Rome, is a similar Neoclassical motif.
for a speculative development to be known as the Adelphi (it was almost totally destroyed in 1936).
The letters he wrote to his family during his years abroad show Adam to be a madly ambitious young man, an arrogant social climber, and yet still a dedicated artist.
He met Hope in Brussels, and they proceeded to Paris, where Adam fitted himself out in the latest fashions and set out to “lay in a stock of good acquaintance that may be of use to me hereafter.” After fewer than three weeks in Paris, they set off for Italy via the south of France, visiting en route the ancient Roman sites of via Livorno.
The first Adam interiors at Hatchlands (1758–61), Surrey, and Shardeloes (1759–61), Buckinghamshire, were still near-Palladian, but by 1761 his mature style was developing.
Commissions from this time include Harewood House, Yorkshire; Croome Court, Worcestershire; Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire; Bowood House, Wiltshire; and Osterley Park, Middlesex (now in Hounslow, London).
He gave meticulous attention to every part of each room, from the carpets to the most unobtrusive decoration., his principal architectural rival.
They invested a large sum on embanking the site and building several terraces of houses (1768–72) in which the Adam interior style of slim pilasters supporting a shallow frieze and cornice—the middle and uppermost sections of an entablature—was brought outdoors. In 1773 they again speculated unsuccessfully in a group of stuccoed terraces in Portland Place, London.
The Adams built three major London houses in the 1770s, which were superb examples of their mature style—Wynn House (1772–74), No. James’s Square, for Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn; Home House (1775–77), No.
Robert was the second son of William Adam, the foremost Scottish architect of his time.
William, who as master mason to the Board of Ordnance in North Britain supervised the design of military buildings, also designed numerous country houses in a conservative , where at the age of six he entered the Edinburgh High School.