- Robert and James Adam office drawings
Number 6 Adam Street is located on the eastern side of the street, and was at the centre of the block. The façade of this house survives, albeit with a largely twentieth-century fabric behind.
This house began as the home of William Adam (1772-74). He then moved to 12 John Street in 1774, which was also the location of the Adam office, and where the Adam draughtsmen undertook their work.
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 Number 6, Adam Street
- Preliminary design and finished drawing for the ceiling for the drawing room, 1769, as executed in an unknown room (2)
- Design for the chimneypiece for the dining room, c1769-70; it is not known if this design was executed (1)
- Design for the chimneypiece for the front parlour, c1769-70; it is not known if this design was executed (1)