Learn about the drawings that inspired Robert Adam

Dr Adriano Aymonino
Dr Adriano Aymonino

An influential art collection is the subject of a free art history lecture at the Radcliffe Centre at 6.30pm on Tuesday, September 10.

University of Buckingham lecturer Dr Adriano Aymonino will talk about the Topham Collection and its influence On British Neo-Classicism,

Amassed by Richard Topham in the 1700s, the Topham Collection consists of more than 3,000 drawings, watercolours and prints that reproduce lost ancient Roman sculptures and paintings.

By the 1760s, the drawings were being copied for fashionable decoration, becoming one of the most important sources for the Neo-Classical movement.

The lecture will show how these drawings came to be an inspiration for the architect Robert Adam and his contemporaries for the design and decoration of town and country houses.