ADAM, Robert
(b. 1728, Kirkcaldy, d. 1792, London)

Exterior view

1760s
Photo
Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

The present house was commissioned by Sir Nathaniel Curzon (later 1st Baron Scarsdale) in 1759. The house was designed by the Palladian architects James Paine (1717-1789) and Matthew Brettingham (1699-1769) and was loosely based on an original plan by Andrea Palladio for the never-built Villa Mocenigo. At the time a relatively unknown architect, Robert Adam was designing some garden temples to enhance the landscape of the park; Curzon was so impressed with Adam's designs, that Adam was quickly put in charge of the construction of the new mansion.

The picture shows the south front.