The Rotunda, designed by ‘Capability’ Brown and built 1754

The Rotunda, designed by ‘Capability’ Brown and built 1754 with later additions by Robert Adam. The building has been rescued from near-collapse by the National Trust. Robert Adam (3 July 1728 – 3 March 1792) was a Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer. He was the son of William Adam (1689–1748), Scotland's foremost architect of the time, and trained under him. With his older brother John, Robert took on the family business, which included lucrative work for the Board of Ordnance, after William's death.

In 1754, he left for Rome, spending nearly five years on the continent studying architecture under Charles-Louis Clérisseau and Giovanni Battista Piranesi. On his return to Britain he established a practice in London, where he was joined by his younger brother James. Here he developed the "Adam Style", and his theory of "movement" in architecture, based on his studies of antiquity and became one of the most successful and fashionable architects in the country. Adam held the post of Architect of the King's Works from 1761 to 1769.

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The Rotunda, designed by ‘Capability’ Brown and built 1754
The Rotunda, designed by ‘Capability’ Brown and built 1754

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