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


Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, London

Adam designed the furnishings of the interiors himself. The decorative patterns were inspired by Roman interiors such as those surviving in Herculaneum and Pompeii and by the ornamental grotesques of the Renaissance. The library in Kenwood House, which he built for Chief Justice Lord Mansfield in 1767, is one of the high points of Adam's decorative art.