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A. A. Tait, The Adam Brothers in Rome:: Drawings from the Grand Tour , Scala Publishers (in association with Sir John Soane's Museum), 2008, ISBN:: 978-1857595741, £25.00.

A. A. Tait, The Adam Brothers in Rome:: Drawings from the Grand Tour , Scala Publishers (in... A. A. Tait, The Adam Brothers in Rome: Drawings from the Grand Tour, Scala Publishers (in association with Sir John Soane’s Museum), 2008, ISBN: 978-1857595741, £25.00. Beyond any doubt the crucial period in the formation of what we call ‘the Adam Style’ was that spell in Italy when first Robert (between 1755 and 1757) and then James Adam (1760–3) made their Grand Tours. They went thither, and spent their sojourns there, with dual personalities: as young architects already trained in Scotland they sought to advance their careers; as rich young milordi inglesi (or even cavalieri scozzesi) they travelled widely, Front cover of The Adam Brothers in Rome (Scala Publishers). 105 ) mixed in the best society and collected lavishly. In their first personae they drew after the Antique and from the ancient buildings in Rome and other major sites. In the second, they bought paintings and drawings in profusion, together with ancient sculpture and architectural fragments, some to keep and some to resell back in London. Connoisseurship and commerce converged in their role as agents and dealers. James’s greatest coup was the purchase of the vast Albani collection for King George III. The Adam brothers wrote hundreds of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

A. A. Tait, The Adam Brothers in Rome:: Drawings from the Grand Tour , Scala Publishers (in association with Sir John Soane's Museum), 2008, ISBN:: 978-1857595741, £25.00.

Architectural Heritage , Volume 20 (1): 105 – Nov 1, 2009

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Edinburgh University Press
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© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2009
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Reviews; Reviews
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1350-7524
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1755-1641
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10.3366/E1350752409000223
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A. A. Tait, The Adam Brothers in Rome: Drawings from the Grand Tour, Scala Publishers (in association with Sir John Soane’s Museum), 2008, ISBN: 978-1857595741, £25.00. Beyond any doubt the crucial period in the formation of what we call ‘the Adam Style’ was that spell in Italy when first Robert (between 1755 and 1757) and then James Adam (1760–3) made their Grand Tours. They went thither, and spent their sojourns there, with dual personalities: as young architects already trained in Scotland they sought to advance their careers; as rich young milordi inglesi (or even cavalieri scozzesi) they travelled widely, Front cover of The Adam Brothers in Rome (Scala Publishers). 105 ) mixed in the best society and collected lavishly. In their first personae they drew after the Antique and from the ancient buildings in Rome and other major sites. In the second, they bought paintings and drawings in profusion, together with ancient sculpture and architectural fragments, some to keep and some to resell back in London. Connoisseurship and commerce converged in their role as agents and dealers. James’s greatest coup was the purchase of the vast Albani collection for King George III. The Adam brothers wrote hundreds of

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Published: Nov 1, 2009

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