Moreover, there is some confusion about the accuracy of him being a patron of the Adam office. As shown by the surviving drawings - and an extant ceiling - the Adam office made designs for the drawing room at number 9 Charlotte Street. This was a pre-existing Georgian house of unknown origin for which Adam only made designs for interior decoration. As Mr Lyte is an unknown quantity it was suggested in the 1920s by Arthur Bolton that the inscription of Lyte's name on these two drawings was an error, and that they were intended for George Keate, another patron of the Adam office living on Charlotte Street. Keate, however, lived at number 9 Charlotte Street - being Lyte's neighbour - showing that they were two entirely separate patrons.
Lyte's house at number 8 Charlotte Street (now 10 Bloomsbury Street) survives, with Adam's ceiling intact, and is now used as offices.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1992, Volume II, Index pp. 36, 79; J. Ingamells, A dictionary of British and Irish travellers in Italy: 1701-1800, 1997, p. 618; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, pp. 307, 317
Frances Sands, 2013
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Contents of Charlotte Street, number 8 (now 10 Bloomsbury Street), London: executed designs for a ceiling and frieze for Mr Lyte, 1773 (2)
- Finished drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1773, as executed (1)
- Record drawing for a frieze for the drawing room, ND, as executed (1)