An architectural style based on the works of the Scottish architect Robert Adam (1728–92) and his brothers John and James. Essentially a picturesque version of Neoclassicism and particularly concerned with decoration, it dominated British taste between 1760 and 1780 and greatly influenced interior and furniture design. It was characterized by clarity of form, subtle detail, and, in architectural decoration, by unified schemes of clear colouring, often set against relatively shallow and elegant stucco work. Fine examples of Adam's decorative style can be seen at Syon House, Middlesex (1762–4) and Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire (1761).
http://www.syonpark.co.uk Syon Park website.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-kedlestonhall Kedleston Hall website.