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Robert Adam
(1728—92)

Robert Adam

Architect

Born in Kirkcaldy to a family of architects: his father and three brothers all went into the profession. Adam’s neoclassical work, with its unified exteriors and interiors, was fashionable in its day and has recently again been recognised as the work of genius. Some of his buildings include Culzean Castle in Ayrshire and Charlotte Square in Edinburgh.

More About Robert Adam. Robert Adam, born in Kirkcaldy in 1728, became one of the most prolific architects in Scottish history, designing some of the UK's most iconic buildings. The son of William Adam (1968-1792), Scotland's foremost architect at the time, Robert and brother John took on the family business and after travelling to France and Italy established a business in London.

Adam held the post of Architect of the Kings Works from 1761 to 1769, and his works include some of the UK's most iconic mansion houses and castles, including Hopetoun House, AInwick Castle, Pulteney Bridge and Airthrey Castle.

Adam was at the forefront of the classical revival in the UK, noted for his lavish use of colour and his move away from strict classical styles, taking influence from styles in Greece and Italy. Considered to be the greatest architect of the late 18th century, Adam became one of the most influential architects of the time.

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