- Robert and James Adam office drawings
The Royal Terrace (now the Adelphi Terrace) was the most prominent street within the Adelphi complex, running along the southern border of the site overlooking the Thames. It comprised a block of eleven four-storey houses, sitting over double basements, embellished with stucco pilasters in the central and end bays. These were the grandest and most expensive houses at the Adelphi, with large top-lit staircases, a view over the river, dining rooms on the ground floor, and two large drawing rooms on the first floor. However, the Royal Terrace was not only the location of fine houses, as beneath the roadway were small dwellings, lit by Diocletian windows, which Adam called cottages. Lower still were the roadways and warehouses in the arches below.
In 1872 the façade of the houses on the Royal Terrace were rendered in cement, and their general appearance was further altered when the Victoria Embankment was built in 1864-70, and the metal were balconies removed in 1872. The central block of the Adelphi complex, including the houses of the Royal Terrace on its south side, was demolished in 1936.
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 The Royal Terrace
- Designs for the fabric of The Royal Terrace
- Number 1a Royal Terrace (formerly number 20 Adam Street)
- Number 1, Royal Terrace
- Number 2, Royal Terrace
- Number 3, Royal Terrace
- Number 4, Royal Terrace
- Number 5, Royal Terrace
- Number 6, Royal Terrace
- Number 7, Royal Terrace
- Number 8, Royal Terrace
- Number 9, Royal Terrace
- Number 10, Royal Terrace