Robert Adam interior at Hatchlands Park
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Explore the early work of Robert Adam at Hatchlands Park. Our interior is the earliest documented work in an English country house by the celebrated Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer.
Our Saloon is perhaps the first of Adam’s great salons, originally conceived as a dining room it now serves as a picture gallery for the Cobbe collection. Adam’s influence in this room is unmistakeable, particularly in the beautifully detailed plasterwork of the ceiling, which was likely to have been inspired by the Roman stucco seen by Adam on his tour of France and Italy in 1754.
Watch out for the naval and seafaring motifs running throughout his work here. Dolphins, anchors and cannons all feature, watched over by Neptune himself. It is easy to imagine Hatchlands Park as a home to an Admiral.
Wandering around the house you can admire more of Adam's designs in the plasterwork ceilings in the library and in the staircase hall. It is easy to see why he was considered one of the foremost architects of his day.
Robert Adam was elected a member of the Royal Society of Arts in 1758 and of the Society of Antiquaries in 1761. In the same year as he was appointed architect of the Kings Works, the body that oversaw the building of royal castles and residences.
He went on to design many wonderful buildings including the City Chambers in Edinburgh, Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, Pulteney Bridge in Bath and the Trades Hall in Glasgow. He was also responsible for the renovation of the interior of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Why not come and enjoy some of his early work? Our room stewards will be happy to help you make the most of your visit.