1730 -- 1794

Robert Adam was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife in 1728. Often considered Scotland's most famous architect, Adam became a leader of the classical revival in England for both architecture and interior decoration. His designs are particularly notable for their lavish use of color.

Robert Adam was an eclectic who depended as much on good business sense as on his personal design innovations. His designs incorporated light, color, and detailed ornamentation. To generate his style he adapted motifs from classical antiquity, Italian, French and Renaissance influences and abstracted them into a personal style. The Adam manner grew vastly popular and has never disappeared.