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RODERICK GRAHAM, Arbiter of Elegance: the Biography of Robert Adam , Birlinn, ISBN-10: 1841588024, £25.00

RODERICK GRAHAM, Arbiter of Elegance: the Biography of Robert Adam , Birlinn, ISBN-10:... RODERICK GRAHAM, Arbiter of Elegance: the Biography of Robert Adam, Birlinn, ISBN-10: 1841588024, £25.00 Robert Adam’s work stands as a paradigm of elegance, taste and refinement in architecture and design. Any new biography of this complex, workaholic genius who designed everything from ‘beds to inkwells’ is a welcome prospect, however, for Roderick Graham (respected biographer of David Hume, John Knox and Mary Queen of Scots) the subject must have had immediate appeal. The well-known episodes of Adam’s turbulent life certainly offer a narrative of almost mythic quality. Adam was born into the pre-eminent architectural dynasty of Scotland and enjoyed a Classical education at the Royal High School in Edinburgh, during the Jacobite Rebellion. Part ersatz aristocrat, and part scholar, he undertook the Grand Tour, and produced a groundbreaking study of Diocletian’s Palace at Split. He then settled in London (a notorious hotbed of rivalry and spite) where he created architecture and design of the highest level as his reputation rose meteorically. Then, ‘vaulting ambition’ o’erleaps itself, as the Adelphi project brings about near catastrophe. Finally, in his sixties, he is much in demand in Edinburgh, where his monumental vision for the city mingles triumph with tragedy, as he http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

RODERICK GRAHAM, Arbiter of Elegance: the Biography of Robert Adam , Birlinn, ISBN-10: 1841588024, £25.00

Architectural Heritage , Volume 22 (1): 161 – Nov 1, 2011

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Edinburgh University Press
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© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2011
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Reviews; Historical Studies
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1350-7524
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1755-1641
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10.3366/arch.2011.0024
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RODERICK GRAHAM, Arbiter of Elegance: the Biography of Robert Adam, Birlinn, ISBN-10: 1841588024, £25.00 Robert Adam’s work stands as a paradigm of elegance, taste and refinement in architecture and design. Any new biography of this complex, workaholic genius who designed everything from ‘beds to inkwells’ is a welcome prospect, however, for Roderick Graham (respected biographer of David Hume, John Knox and Mary Queen of Scots) the subject must have had immediate appeal. The well-known episodes of Adam’s turbulent life certainly offer a narrative of almost mythic quality. Adam was born into the pre-eminent architectural dynasty of Scotland and enjoyed a Classical education at the Royal High School in Edinburgh, during the Jacobite Rebellion. Part ersatz aristocrat, and part scholar, he undertook the Grand Tour, and produced a groundbreaking study of Diocletian’s Palace at Split. He then settled in London (a notorious hotbed of rivalry and spite) where he created architecture and design of the highest level as his reputation rose meteorically. Then, ‘vaulting ambition’ o’erleaps itself, as the Adelphi project brings about near catastrophe. Finally, in his sixties, he is much in demand in Edinburgh, where his monumental vision for the city mingles triumph with tragedy, as he

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Published: Nov 1, 2011

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