This lecture will re-examine the legacy of neoclassical design innovations in Scotland in the 18th century, with a particular focus on the work of the renowned architect and designer, Robert Adam (1728-92). The lecture will examine several pieces of furniture designed by Adam that are currently held in Australian collections and, in turn, relate these examples to the tastes and collection of William Robert Johnston.
SUZANNE FRASER is a doctoral candidate at the University of Melbourne. Her current project examines the role of Scottish art and visual culture in Australia up to the mid-20th century. She recently contributed to the catalogue, For auld lang syne: images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation (Inglis and Macdonald, 2014).