In 1783 Mrs Cornwall lived at number 66 Portland Place. There are no extant drawings for the fabric of the house, but there is one design for a chimneypiece and overmantel mirror frame. Bolton suggests that James Adam might have been responsible for this design, presumably because of his responsibility for the fabric of Portland Place.
Demolition in the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s, followed by considerable war damage 'totally destroyed the homogeneity of the original'. All of the surviving Adam houses in Portland Place have been altered, and thirty-four have been replaced, including number 66, which is now the headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects (1932 -34) by Grey Wornum (1888-1957).
A. T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, pp. 102-111, Index p. 45; E. Harris, The furniture of Robert Adam, 1963, p. 57; D. Yarwood, Robert Adam, 1970, pp. 164-65;B. Cherry, and N. Pevsner, The buildings of England: London 3: North West, 1991, pp. 647-48; B. Weinreb, and C. Hibbert, The London encyclopaedia, 1993, p. 633; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, pp. 86-94
Frances Sands, 2011
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.
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