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Robert Adam

Robert Adam (1728 – 1792) was an influential figure in the first phase of the classical revival in England and Scotland. His designs were inspired by the classical elements of ancient Greece and Rome, and he was a leader in the movement to bring back the style of those civilizations to the British Isles. He was a prolific architect, and his works can be seen throughout the United Kingdom. He was also a renowned interior designer, and his furniture and decorative arts were highly sought after. His influence on the classical revival was immense, and his impact is still felt today.

Adam’s Scottish origins also played a crucial part in helping him to become appointed by many prestigious clients. Lord Bute, a fellow Scot, and minister of King George III, aided Adam in being appointed as royal architect, together with William Chambers.

Adam’s success in the field of architecture was due to a combination of his impressive talent, his Scottish roots, and the support of influential people such as Lord Bute. His work at Kedleston Hall was a major turning point in his career, and his designs remain as some of the finest examples of the Neoclassical style.

Thomas ChippendaleMatthew Boulton

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