The Genius of Robert Adam - Harris, Eileen - Yale University Press
Art and Architecture

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The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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The Genius of Robert Adam

His Interiors

  • Eileen Harris
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Selected by Choice as a 2003 Outstanding Academic Title

Selected by Architects Journal as one of the Books of the Year (2001)

Robert Adam was one of the greatest British architects of the later eighteenth century. So widespread was his influence as a decorator and furniture designer that his name has become a household word. But it is the synthesis of architecture, planning, and decoration that stands at the heart of Adamís achievement, as Eileen Harris shows in this elegantly illustrated book. She considers in detail the interaction of each of these elements in nineteen of Adamís most accomplished interior projects, including some of the most famous British country houses and London town houses.

Most of Adamís enormous body of work was in preexisting houses; the challenges of remodeling stimulated his inventive imagination, and he became a master at turning awkward situations to advantage. Harris has mined archival sources, including the large collection of drawings from the Adam office at Sir John Soaneís Museum in London, and fully examined the houses themselves to discover exactly what Adam did in each project and why. In her detailed discussions of the planning, decoration, ceilings, carpets, chimney pieces, and furniture of such interiors as those at Kedleston, Syon House, Osterley Park, Newby Hall, Culzean Castle, and Home and Lansdowne Houses in London, Harris uncovers the full extent of Adamís prodigious achievements.

Eileen Harris is an architectural historian who has published extensively on Robert Adam. She is Honorary Librarian and Consultant to the Adam Project at Sir John Soaneís Museum, London.