Robert Adam

By: Doreen Yarwood

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Robert Adam is one of the most honoured names in the history of western architecture. His buildings carry his 'signature' of rightness, nobility of proportion and taste as unmistakably as a chair by Sheraton. There have been earlier books about the architect's work but Adam the man has only been revealed in a thorough way since his extensive correspondence and documents were made available after 1950. Here the two aspects of the man and his work are for the first time integrated fully in one volume. We meet a determined young Scot setting forth from his impoverished native land--with many of his fellow countrymen--to make his name in the world in the aftermath of Culloden. He is already capable of dedicated work and an unswerving attention to every detail of it. He has a driving ambition, softened by charm and generosity, and an enjoyment of the social whirl first apparent during his years in Italy when he was studying the craft which was to transform the face of Britain. Mrs. Yarwood recounts these formative years in fascinating detail and then describes his rapid rise to success and fame after his return to London; a success marked by bitter rivalries and jealousies but also sweetened by the generous support of such friends as David Garrick, Adam Smith, David Hume, and Sir Joshua Reynolds. Previous biographers have paid tribute to the versatility of Adam. He was at once, even more than his contemporaries, architect, interior decorator, designer of furniture and furnishings. His 'Adelphi' brought to London a first taste of environmental planning by streets and squares. Large schemes and individual buildings are vulnerable to change and destruction. An interesting and useful feature of this book is its accurate account of the current state of all Adam's work. With her encyclopaedic knowledge of architectural history and her insight into character, Doreen Yarwood is peculiarly suited to a biography of Adam the artist and the man. Her text is splendidly supported by an outstanding collection of over forty photographs, and by drawings by the author, an illustrated glossary and an appendix of Adam's surviving work. 221 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Biography; United States; Biography & Autobiography; Architecture. Inventory No: 247511. Hardcover

Title: Robert Adam

Author Name: Doreen Yarwood

Categories: Architecture, Biography,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1970

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good Condition

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 247511

Keywords: BZDB43 Architecture Biography; United States; Biography & Autobiography; Architecture. Robert Adam Doreen Yarwood Hardcover,