Robert Adam, the greatest architect of eighteenth-century England, spent as much care on the interiors and furnishings as on the outside walls of the buildings he designed. His sense of classical elegance was shaped in Italy by his study of ancient Roman ruins.
(see link at end)… “How sick one shall be, after this chaste palace, of Mr Adam’s gingerbread and sippets of embroidery.”…
Thus wrote Horace Walpole to Lady Ossory in 1785 describing a visit to the Prince of Wales’ new London residence, Carlton House. This dismissive comment was to be among the last Walpole ever made about a designer whom he had known for over twenty years, during which time he had greeted Adam’s early achievements with enthusiasm and employed him at Strawberry Hill in the 1760s before becoming rapidly disenchanted with him. On a superficial level, it might appear paradoxical that, given Walpole’s comparable innovative and experimental activities at Strawberry Hill with the Gothic, he should change so swiftly from an unqualified admirer to such a harsh critic. This paper aims to explore some of the deeper reasons for this disillusionment and to suggest a greater coherence in Walpole’s attitude than previously recognized. Read More:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/ecl/summary/v025/25.2wilton-ely.html