Robert Child (1739-82) maintained Adam as architect at Osterley, and moreover, commissioned designs for his townhouse at 38 Berkeley Square, and for a new ceiling and frieze in the drawing room at Upton. Although Child did make improvements at Upton with the installation of items provided by John Linnell, Adam's scheme for the drawing room was not executed, and it is not known if he made any further designs for the house.
Following the death of Robert Child's widow, Sarah, in 1793, the Child fortune was then placed in trust for their eldest granddaughter, Lady Sarah Sophia Fane (1785-1867). In 1804 Sarah Sophia came of age, inherited the Child fortune, and married George Bussy Villiers, 5th Earl of Jersey. Upton then remained in the possession of the Earls of Jersey until 1894, when it was sold to Andrew Motion. Then in 1927 the estate was sold once more to Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted, the heir to his father's fortune as the founder of Shell. He extended the property, installed new interiors, and then gave it to the National Trust in 1948.
See also: Osterley Park, Hounslow, Greater London; 38 Berkeley Square, London; Church of St Leonard, Heston, Greater London: monument to Robert Child.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, index pp. 30, 66 H. Hayward, and P. Kirkham, William and John Linnell: eighteenth-century London furniture makers, 1980, Volume I, p. 116; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume II, p. 179; N. Pevsner, The buildings of England: Warwickshire, 2003, p. 439; 'Child, Robert (1739-82), of Osterley Park, Mdx.', History of Parliament online; 'Early history at Upton House', www.nationaltrust.org.uk
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.
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Contents of Upton House, Warwickshire: unexecuted designs for the drawing room for Robert Child, 1772 (3)
- Finished drawing and record drawing for a ceiling for the drawing room, 1772, unexecuted (2)
- Record drawing for a frieze for the drawing room, ND, unexecuted (1)