The Adam Family: The Scottish Architects Who Changed the World, with Curt DiCamillo
Hosted by the Philadelphia Chapter
The Adam brothers, sons of William Adam, Sr., the foremost Scottish architect of his time, transformed the direction of architecture and design across the western world during the last half of the 18th century. There was Robert, supreme architect and the most famous of the brothers; James, an architect, furniture designer, and scholar; William Jr., a landscape designer; and John, the business manager of the brothers’ architectural firm.
Robert Adam spent nearly five years studying the ruins of the ancient world under the tutelage of Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Upon his return to England, he rejected the popular Palladian style of Lord Burlington as “disgustful” and set about changing the taste of Britain with a new style of architecture and decoration – the Adam Style, whose influences remain today. Later known as Neoclassical (or Federal in America), the style was so influential that it found its way to remote and exotic places like Russia, where Adam Style palaces were built for Catherine the Great and members of the nobility.
The Adam brothers were distinguished as the first to fully and successfully integrate architecture and interiors. They designed curved walls, domed rooms, and elaborate plasterwork that perfectly meshed with fireplaces, furniture, fixtures, ironwork, carpets, and textiles into a uniform and harmonious whole. Partners like Josiah Wedgwood, Thomas Chippendale, and Matthew Boulton provided the icing on the Neoclassical cake, all brilliantly topped off with colors that had seldom been seen in European interiors: bright sky blue, intense pink, soft lilac, pea green, and the red-brown terracotta of Etruscan vases.
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What you will learn
- Learn about the 18th-century Scottish Architects Robert, John, James, and William Adam who developed with Adam Style of architecture, later known as Neoclassical
- Learn about the impact of the Adam brothers’ work on stylistic developments around the world
- Study how the Adam brothers integrated architectural and interior design, becoming the first to do so successfully, and learn how this has continued to affect artists and architects up to today.
- Understand the symbiotic relationship between architecture and interior design.