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Robert Adam

14 of 35 portraits on display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery

Robert Adam, attributed to George Willison, circa 1770-1775 - NPG 2953 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robert Adam

attributed to George Willison
oil on canvas, circa 1770-1775
50 in. x 40 in. (1270 mm x 1016 mm)
Purchased, 1938
Primary Collection
NPG 2953

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  • Robert Adam (1728-1792), Architect. Sitter in 2 portraits.

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  • George Willison (1741-1797), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 13 portraits.

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After his Grand Tour, Robert Adam set up in London as an architect in 1758 with his younger brothers. For the next thirty years his neoclassical designs, en-suite planning and attention to every detail of interior decoration were to revolutionise English domestic architecture. Famous buildings by him in or near London include 20 Portman Square (now Home House), the Adelphi, Kenwood, Osterley and Syon. He is shown in this portrait by Willison supporting a large volume, presumably of architectural drawings, on his knee.

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