Robert Adam: Total Design/Total Obsession Exhibition

Robert Adam's Entrance Hall for Osterley

Focusing on the life, works and inspirations of neoclassical architect Robert Adam, this exhibition gives visitors to Osterley an insight into the man who created the House you see today.

In 1760, Robert Adam, the young Scottish architect, was making a name for himself in fashionable society in London. Anyone who was anyone employed Robert Adam to design their home. The Child family, the wealthy owners of Osterley at that time commissioned Adam in 1760 to turn their crumbling Tudor manor into a fashionable party house, fit for entertaining clients of their bank.

Adam's Etruscan Room at Osterley
Adam's Etruscan Room at Osterley
Adam's Etruscan Room at Osterley

Adam worked at Osterley for nearly 20 years between 1760 and 1778 transforming and styling the house, taking inspiration from his travels on the Grand Tour and the sights of the classical world. 

Open until November 2018, this exhibition examines what inspired Adam to create his unique style which arguably transformed British Architecture. It highlights some of the talented craftsmen and women he worked with to create his distinctive ethos of ‘Total Design’, and uses Osterley’s interiors to demonstrate his skill and obsession for detail.