Robert Adam at Hatchlands Park
The interior at Hatchlands Park is the earliest documented work in an English country house by Robert Adam, the celebrated Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer.
A Grand Tour
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When Robert returned home from his tour in 1758, he immediately opened a new architectural practice in London with his brother James. Initially they focused on producing designs for the interiors of houses but later moved on to schemes for entire buildings.
The commission from Admiral Boscawen to produce designs for the interior of Hatchlands, was one of the first Adam received on his return from Italy. It's his earliest recorded work in an English country house. The motifs that run through our rooms are, appropriately for an Admiral, of a naval and seafaring theme. Dolphins, anchors and cannons feature, watched over by Neptune himself.
You can see wonderful examples of Adam’s work in our plasterwork ceilings in the library and staircase hall and the fireplace and ceiling in our saloon. The saloon is amongst the first of Adam’s great rooms, his influence is unmistakeable. Originally conceived as a dining room it now serves as a picture gallery for the Cobbe Collection. The detailed plasterwork of the ceilings is likely to have been inspired by the Roman stucco ceilings that Adam had studied on his Grand Tour.