Robert Adam's Pictureque Neo-classicism: A Personal Reinterpretation of Antiquity

20 Feb, 2024
Fitzroy Square, London

By examining Adam's most successful designs of the 1760s following his return from Rome, for example at Kedleston Hall, Syon House and Osterley Park, Colin Thom charts the transformation of such buildings into exemplars of progressive Neo-classical taste. Adam achieved this through the introduction of varied room shapes and the application of a new decorative language , both derived from classical precedents but also ideally suited to the refinements of Georgian society, creating an experience for owners and visitors that was fundamentally picturesque in its conception. This paper was first given at the Mount Vernon Symposium of 2019.
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