A new exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum examines the work of one of the greatest British architects of all time, Robert Adam. Featuring the likes of Buckingham Palace and Portland Place, ‘Robert Adam’s London’ takes an in-depth look at some of the Scottish architect’s work that helped to change the landscape of London.
This exhibition is the first time that Adam’s work across the city has been examined in a London museum. As well as showcasing his ground-breaking neo-classical style and his unification of architecture and interior design in his completed buildings, the exhibition will also bring to light those projects that were never realised, thereby offering a glimpse into his ambitious vision for London.
Sir John Soane’s Museum has a collection of approximately 9,000 drawings by Adam, from which the most beautiful, influential and rarely seen have been chosen for this exhibition. In addition to being stunning stand-alone artworks, these designs for Adam’s projects in London are of huge international significance for our understanding of Georgian architecture and interior design.
Robert Adam had a long and enduring connection to London, establishing his London practice in 1758, and there is a greater density of work for this city than anywhere else. His work in London demonstrates how his style evolved past the fashionable Palladian designs of the time, into a new, more flexible style, incorporating influences from Roman, Etruscan and Baroque styles. Adam’s radical style was often attributed to a desire to design everything down to the smallest detail.
Robert Adam’s London will run at Sir John Soane’s Museum until Saturday 11 March 2017.