When Anne purchased Grove House it was sorely criticised by Horace Walpole. Wanting to make improvements, Anne commissioned Robert Adam to produce designs for the interior in 1766. It is apparent that alterations were made to the house, as Mrs Delany wrote that 'out of a very ugly house [...] she has made an uncommon pretty place'. However, it is not known if the alterations were made by Adam, as an alternative ceiling design in the French style was sent to Anne by Horace Walpole in March 1766. The execution of Adam's 1766 designs has been suggested to be likely, however, as he was commissioned again, in 1770, to provide a design for an overmantel mirror frame.
Grove House was demolished in 1857, and the site is now occupied by the Albert Hall.
A. T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 41, 84; Survey of London, Volume 38, 1975, p. 12; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, pp. 380, 383, and Volume II, p. 180; Yale Edition, Horace Walpole's correspondence, 2011, Volume 32, pp. 1, 106
Frances Sands, 2012
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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Contents of Grove House, Kensington Gore, London: designs for alterations to the house, for Anne Pitt, 1766-70 (5)
- Finished drawing for the design of a room, 1766 (1)
- Finished drawing and a mutilated design for a ceiling, 1766 (2)
- Design for a chimneypiece, 1766 (1)
- Finished drawing for an overmantel mirror frame, 1770 (1)