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Biography of Robert Adam (1728-1792)


Distinguished Scottish architect, born in 1728 and died in 1792. After travelling some time around Europe, he settled in London, where the King appointed him architect. Adam gave a large number of buildings plans, and did not hesitate to become famous. In London it was built one block of houses on the banks of the Thames, and a large number of buildings in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The description of the ruins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocleciano wrote in Espalatro, in Dalmatia.

It can be compared by its somewhat ambiguous elegance and pure with his contemporary French Soufflot, but without its cold solemnity. It was a typical Scottish stubborn and cautious, but on the other hand tender and romantic. Both facets of his character can be seen in his work, that it oscillates between a picturesque version of neoclassicism and a classical version of the neo-Gothic.He avoided establishing innovations such as using for classical buildings Greek style Doric or the Gothic picturesque asymmetry. Responded to the general demand of a new classicism through an expansion of the Repertoire of decorative motifs and a more imaginative use of plants of rooms contracted, resulting, in large part, from the Imperial Roman baths.His influence extended across England and beyond by Russia and America. His work was immense and only the unfortunate speculation of the Adelphi deprived of fortune that otherwise would have been able to achieve.


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