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Pall Mall, number 34 (later 25), London: executed designs for the house, for Andrew Millar, 1765-66 (11)

1765-66
Andrew Millar (1705-68), a subscriber to Adam's Ruins in 1767, was a bookseller. He first had a shop near St Clement's Church on the Strand, and later opposite Katherine Street. His business was established in 1728, and he is known to have published the work of Henry Fielding, Samuel Johnson's dictionary, James Thomson's Seasons, David Hume and William Robertson's volumes on the history of England, and Adam's print of the Admiralty Screen. Moreover, with the assistance of Patrick Murdock, Millar organised the publication of James Thomson’s collected works in order to fund a monument to Thomson, designed by Adam for Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey.

The bookshop was turned over to one of Millar's three apprentices, Thomas Caldwell, in 1764. During his retirement Millar rebuilt his house at 34 Pall Mall to designs by Robert Adam. The house was built in accordance with the extant drawings. Millar moved into the house in December 1766, remaining there until his death in 1768. As none of his three children had survived infancy, on his death Millar's house and £60,000 fortune were inherited by his wife Jane Johnson (1710-88), the daughter of a Westminster printseller, whom he had married in 1730. Jane went on to marry Sir Archibald Grant in 1780.

According to the Survey of London, during the 1820s 34 Pall Mall was occupied by John Gibson Lockhart, the son-in-law of Sir Walter Scott, and in the 1830s by John Macdonald, the Adjutant General of Horse Guards. The house was demolished at an unknown date.

See also: The Admiralty Screen, Whitehall; Westminster Abbey, London: Monument to James Thomson

Literature:
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 43, 80; Survey of London, Volume 29, 1960, pp. 325-26; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, p. 264

Frances Sands, 2012
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