Georgian Society for East Yorkshire

Robert Adam's Birthday

Robert Adam

Robert Adam

Saturday, 3rd July 1728

Robert Adam was born this day in 1728 in Kirkcaldy, Fife. Adam and his brother James took over their father William's architectural practice. Robert and James made a Grand Tour of Europe from 1754 to 58. Robert's study of the ruins of Diocletian's Palace at Spalato in Dalmatia influenced the development of the neoclassical "Adam Style" which became fashionable in the 1760s. He designed much of Kedelston Hall and the interiors of Nostell Priory, Newby Hall and Harewood House.

Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire


Commissioned in 1759 by Sir Nathaniel Curzon, Kedleston Hall was designed as a Palladian Villa by James Paine and Matthew Brettingham. The young Robert Adam was employed to design some garden temples on the estate, but his work so impressed Curzon that he was soon put in charge of the main house. The south front and interiors are examples ... (read more...)

Newby Hall, North Yorkshire

Newby Hall from the double border.

The home of Richard and Lucinda Compton, Newby Hall is one of England’s renowned Adam houses. In the 1760s William Weddell, an ancestor, commissioned Robert Adam to alter the original Wren design to house his collection of Ancient Roman sculpture and Gobelins tapestries. Thomas Chippendale was commissioned to make the furniture. “The result is a perfect example of the ... (read more...)

Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

Nostell Priory

Begun in 1735 by amateur architect Colonel James Moyser with modifications by a young James Paine, this Palladian house was extended after 1765 by Robert Adam, creating one of his most unified classical designs. It contains an internationally renowned Chippendale collection, which was, in part, designed for the rooms in which it is currently found. Chippendale furnished the house ... (read more...)