Edinburgh, designed by Robert Adam.
Scottish architect Robert Adam (1728-1792) is celebrated in a new treasures display at the National Library of Scotland.
'The beautiful spirit of antiquity: Robert Adam and his influences' showcases the work and impact of one of Scotland's most famous architects. Adam designed some of Scotland's most iconic buildings, including Register House on Edinburgh's Princes Street.
A selection of the Library's finest architectural books shows how classical design and Enlightenment ideas influenced Robert Adam and the future of architecture. The display includes:
- Vitruvius's 'De architectura' (1511): The first illustrated edition of the only architectural text to have survived from ancient Rome
- 'The works in architecture of Robert and James Adam' (1778): The book which established the neo-classical 'Adam style'
- 'A book of ceilings' (1776) by George Richardson: Designs by a previous employee of the Adams, influenced by their style.
See also our Robert Adam display press release.
15 June 2016