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Number 1, Adam Street


Number 1 Adam Street

Number 1 Adam Street was located on the eastern side of the street, at the south end of the block, with a view of the River Thames from one side.

In the nineteenth century it was joined with number 2 Adam Street, and together they were the home of Rev. Vicesimus Knox from 1812-21, followed by his oldest son, also Vicesimus. In 1840-41 numbers 1 and 2 were occupied by the New Zealand Colonisation Company and its secretary John Ward; in 1844 they were the home of William Bridges Adams, an inventor; and in 1899 Sir John Scott, the judicial adviser to the Khedive of Egypt.



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

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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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