In 1765 Langford Rowley commissioned Robert Adam to make designs both for an extension to Summerhill, where nothing was executed, and for redecorating the two first-floor drawing rooms at Langford House on Mary Street. Adam never visited Ireland, but his schemes for both drawing rooms are known to have been installed, and it is presumed that the extant drawings show the executed schemes.
Langford Rowley was succeeded by his son, also Hercules Langford Rowley, who followed his mother as 2nd Viscount Langford. Langford Rowley’s daughter Jane married Clothworthy Taylor, Earl of Bective, another Adam patron at Headfort House, County Meath. It is worthy of note that Adam’s back drawing room ceiling design for Langford House (Adam volume 11/123) was reproduced in the drawing room – later the Chinese room – at Headfort, and this survives in situ.
Langford House survived until the early twentieth century when much of Mary Street was rebuilt during the Edwardian period. The plot is now the location of a large Marks and Spencer, built in 1979 to designs by Scott Tallon Walker Architects.
See also: Summerhill House, Country Meath, and Headfort House, County Meath.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index p.p. 10, 86; J. Harris, Headfort House & Robert Adam: drawings from the collection of Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon, 1973, pl. 38; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, pp. 225, 237; C. Casey, The buildings of Ireland: Dublin, 2005, pp. 109-110
Frances Sands, 2014
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).
Contents of Langford House, Mary Street, Dublin: designs for interior decoration for the Rt Hon Hercules Langford Rowley and Elizabeth Rowley, Viscountess Langford, 1765 (7)
- Record drawings for the front drawing room, 1765, thought to be as executed (3)
- Record drawings for the back drawing room, 1765, thought to be as executed (4)