Interior of a house in Adelphi Terrace
Interior of a house in Adelphi Terrace
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Interior of a house in Adelphi Terrace
SC_PHL_01_435_B2403 (Collage 128169)
London Metropolitan Archives: LCC Photograph Library
Ground-floor rear room chimneypiece at 5 Adelphi Terrace, the Strand. Carved and painted pinewood, the outer jambs carved with pendants of bellflowers within ovals formed by intertwining pendants of husks, the frieze has a variety of neo-classical motifs, centring on an urn supported by two birds. Adelphi Terrace (also known as the Royal Terrace) was a neoclassical block of eleven terraced houses overlooking the River Thames. It was developed by the Adam Brothers between 1768 and 1774 and designed primarily by Robert Adam; its name, 'Adelphi', is Greek for 'brothers'. Number 5 was located at the centre of the block. David Garrick lived here for seven years until his death in 1779. The chimneypiece was made in London for his library. Following his arrival, Garrick swapped the dining room and the library on the ground floor, providing himself with a view of the river as he was writing. For many years part of number 5 was used as the headquarters of the Institution of Naval Architects. Adelphi Terrace no longer exists. In 1927 the Adelphi estate was sold at auction, and in 1936 many of the houses, including the great riverfront terrace and its underground vaults, were torn down and a new Art Deco Adelphi building (designed by Collcutt & Hamp) erected in their place. The houses were stripped of their fittings and auctions which took place in April and May 1936 included chimneypieces, grates, wainscoting and doors, dado rails, columns and balconettes. This chimneypiece was removed from the house in 1936 prior to its demolition, and survives within the collection at the V&A Museum in London.
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