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
First-floor front room ceiling at 5 Adelphi Terrace, the Strand. The ceiling is decorated with griffins, scrolls and festoons, with the Four Seasons in rectangular plaques. In the central roundel is a painting of Apollo, his horses being fed by the Four Seasons. It was designed by Robert Adam, possibly made by David Adamson, and painted by Antonio Pietro Francesco Zucchi. 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. For many years part of it 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 took place in April and May 1936. This ceiling is the only piece left from the drawing room of 5 Royal Terrace in the Adelphi. It is currently on display at the V&A museum it has been only partially restored. On half the ceiling the original painting has been revealed. On the other half, missing areas were painted in in the 1970s to suggest the complete scheme.
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