Adelphi Terrace Architecture. Robert Adam, John Adam.
Adelphi Terrace Architecture
Adelphi Terrace Architecture

Adelphi Terrace Architecture

London: Np, 1736-1796. Original Wraps. Five manuscript documents relating to the Adams brothers and the Adelphi Terrace project. COLVIN pp. 48-49. "It is to `the desire to raise a great building of a semi-public nature in the monumental manner that the Adelphi scheme is, in part at least, to be attributed. In 1768 the brothers took a ninety-nine-year lease on an extensive area on the north bank of the river Thames, (a marshy plot in the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields) upon which they proposed to erect twenty-four first-rate houses, treated in a single architectural composition and raised on a terrace whose vaulted interior was intended to be let as warehouse. As a development it was admirable, but as a speculation it was unprecedented, and in June 1772 work was halted by a national credit crisis." In a letter from David Hume to Adam Smith on June 27th expresses concern for the Adams, noting they laid off 3000 workmen, having expended above 100,000 a year, and criticizing the adventure as imprudent. The Adams brothers averted bankruptcy by holding a public lottery to raise funds in 1774, and completed the project. Only one of the original buildings remains today. (1) Manuscript document, an Indenture, signed by four of the Adams brother [John, Robt. James and William], 3 pages, large folio on vellum (630 x 775 mm.), July 29, 1774, conjoined at bottom margin with red seal beside each signature. Folded, some slight browning. (2) Document leasing property at Adelphi Terrace. between Richard Ayton Lee and Timothy Brent, regarding a parcel of land in the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields, naming the Adams brothers. Large folio, one page on vellum, 655 x 840 mm. Signed on the bottom "Richd Ayton Lee," and "Tim Brent" with wax seals by each signature. Some browning and stains, folded. (3) Document dated 25th Sept. 1796 leasing property at Adelphi Terrace, being a manuscript copy of the above on paper, 428 x 322 mm, last leaf with closed tear reinforced with archival tape. Some browning, folded. (4) Lease document for property at Adelphi between Alexander Annan and Feake Sanford. Folio, one page on vellum, 605 x 763 mm, dated July 9, 1836, signed at bottom margin "Feake Sanford," with red wax seal. Browning, folded. (5) Lease document for property at Adelphi between John Annan and Feake Sanford. Folio, one page on vellum, 553 x 693 mm, dated November 3, 1855, signed at bottom margin: "John Annan" and "Feake Sanford" with red wax, minor browning, folded. Item #21853

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