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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (A)
Adam, Robert

(1728-1792) Famous Scottish architect who was invited to plan the new city of Lisbon after the disastrous earthquake of 1755. The greatest Scottish architect ever. His father, William Adam was also a famous architect and thoroughly trained his son. Robert Adam’s influence on architecture and interior design was felt from Russia to the U.S. He designed many stately British homes and public buildings, such as the Register House in Edinburgh and the Adelphi Terrace in London. Adam was also the creator of the Adam, or neoclassic, style of furniture, universally recognized as Britain’s best. He began the movement with his three brothers, John, James and William. The famous Englishmen, Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton where all influenced by the Adamses and copied their designs. Chippendale and Hepplewhite were actually employed by the Adam brothers. Sheraton, as far as is known, never made a piece of furniture. Thus, what is acclaimed as an English legacy in furniture is actually Scottish. He is thought of as Britain’s best neoclassic architect and is honored as one of those select Britons who are buried in Westminster Abbey.

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