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ADAM, Robert (1728-1792). Architect.
Document Signed, a cheque made payable to Edward Rooker for sixty-three pounds, drawn on Messrs Innes and Hope, London, 30 March 1761. 100 x 235 mm. (c.3¾ x 9¼ inches), lightly tipped to a ruled backing sheet.

At this period Robert Adam was settled into his newly-established London practice, following his return from the extended tour of Italy from which he had gained much of his command of the classical style. His brother, John, who was to join him in the London practice did not return from his own tour of Italy until 1763. Oxford DNB describes this period thus: 'The opening years of the office, that is the period until James Adam returned from Rome in 1763 and became a partner in the practice, set a pace and style which lasted into the mid-1770s. The new, post-Roman style was reflected in the drawings of the period: here the rococo classicism, seen in the interiors of his work at Hatchlands, Surrey (1758-61), and Shardeloes, Buckinghamshire (1759-63), of the early 1760s, quickly gave way to a more complex and obviously antique manner as Adam's often imported draughtsmen watered down the style demanded by the brothers.'

The present cheque is evidently made payable to the engraver, draughtsman and actor Edward Rooker (c.1712-1774), so celebrated for his architectural plates that he was termed by Horace Walpole as the 'Marc Antonio' of architecture. He contributed plates to Robert Adam's 'Ruins of the Palace of Diocletian and Spalatro' of 1764.

Together with a further cheque made payable by William Adam (probably the youngest of the Adam brothers, 1738-1822) in favour of Jenny Adam for one hundred pounds on the account of Robert Adam, London, 6 February 1762, and a watercolour representation of the memorial to Robert Adam in Westminster Abbey.

£450 [No: 26660]
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