Colin Thom and Adriano Aymonino explore one of the last great collections of unpublished eighteenth-century letters, written by the Adam brothers during their respective Grand Tours. Robert and James Adam are among the greatest architects of eighteenth-century Britain. The aim of this digitisation project is to present their letters and writings as a freely available, open-access, fully searchable database.

This project was supported by a Digital Project Grant.

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Robert & James Adam's Grand Tour Letters and Writings 1754–63

  • Headshot of Colin Thom against grey background.

    Colin Thom is a Senior Historian with the Survey of London at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture, where he also teaches architectural history and theory. He co-edited the Survey’s recent South-East Marylebone volumes (PMC / YUP, 2017), which won the SAHGB’s Colvin Prize for 2018, for the most outstanding work of reference on an architectural subject. Colin studied Robert Adam’s architecture at Glasgow University under the acclaimed Adam scholar A. A. Tait and recently published a new multi-author book on Adam, Colin Thom (ed.), Robert Adam and his Brothers (Historic England, 2019), now available via Liverpool University Press.