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David King, The Complete Works of Robert and James Adam , Butterworth Architecture, Oxford, 1991. Published in association with the University of Stirling; hardback, £50.00, ISBN 07506 1286

David King, The Complete Works of Robert and James Adam , Butterworth Architecture, Oxford, 1991.... BOOK REVIEWS David Adam, Butterworth Architecture, Oxford, Works of Robert and James 1991. Published in association with the University of Stirling; hardback, £50.00, ISBN 07506 1286 King, The Complete As the statement on the dust-jacket puts it '[Mr King'] work has provided architectural literature with a unique and major reference source'. Mr King has, indeed, done an immense amount of work in tracking down references, matching drawings to buildings, and buildings to secondary sources, such as prints and photographs. There is a huge number of illustrations and a very welcome wealth of plans. The text, however, has problems, central to which is a certain metropolitan Anglo-centricity of approach, summed up, perhaps, by Mr King's classification of the 'early' work as beginning in 1760 when Robert Adam was in his thirty-second year. 'First-floor' principal storeys are described as 'curious' when in fact they are part of a Scots and European tradition. The Adams are corrected for referring to the ground floor of Hawkhill as such. It is 'really' Mr King explains 'a half-sunk basement'. As Ian Gow has said before, Scotland is mainstream European in this regard and, as a product of this culture, so is Adam. The tradition http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

David King, The Complete Works of Robert and James Adam , Butterworth Architecture, Oxford, 1991. Published in association with the University of Stirling; hardback, £50.00, ISBN 07506 1286

Architectural Heritage , Volume 4 (1): 123 – Jan 1, 1993

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BOOK REVIEWS David Adam, Butterworth Architecture, Oxford, Works of Robert and James 1991. Published in association with the University of Stirling; hardback, £50.00, ISBN 07506 1286 King, The Complete As the statement on the dust-jacket puts it '[Mr King'] work has provided architectural literature with a unique and major reference source'. Mr King has, indeed, done an immense amount of work in tracking down references, matching drawings to buildings, and buildings to secondary sources, such as prints and photographs. There is a huge number of illustrations and a very welcome wealth of plans. The text, however, has problems, central to which is a certain metropolitan Anglo-centricity of approach, summed up, perhaps, by Mr King's classification of the 'early' work as beginning in 1760 when Robert Adam was in his thirty-second year. 'First-floor' principal storeys are described as 'curious' when in fact they are part of a Scots and European tradition. The Adams are corrected for referring to the ground floor of Hawkhill as such. It is 'really' Mr King explains 'a half-sunk basement'. As Ian Gow has said before, Scotland is mainstream European in this regard and, as a product of this culture, so is Adam. The tradition

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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