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THE ADAM STYLE with Kenneth Park

Wednesday 20 Sep 2023, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

This lecture considers the subject of the Adam style (or Adamesque and "Style of the Brothers Adam") which is an 18th century neoclassical style of interior design and architecture, as practised by Scottish architect William Adam and his sons, of whom Robert (1728–1792) and James (1732–1794) were the most widely known.

The Adam brothers advocated an integrated style for architecture and interiors, with walls, ceilings, fireplaces, furniture, fixtures, fittings and carpets all being designed by the Adams as a single uniform scheme.


KENNETH W PARK has served as Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for just on thirty years. This role sees him responsible for the school’s extensive art and archival collections. Kenneth also consults in both the corporate and public sectors in philanthropic fundraising (especially in planned giving) as well as marketing, sponsorship, art, membership / loyalty and public relations.

An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with a range of tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe. He lives by the motto: ‘Life is a grand tour so make the most of it’.

His tertiary studies include political science, administration, museum studies, industrial relations, fine arts, history, and international relations. Kenneth has a passion for travel, food, wine, arts, architecture, history, and good conversation … essentially the good life!

This lecture is presented on-site at TJC. Please see your ticket for details.


This lecture is supported by The Colin Holden Charitable Trust

images supplied |
design by Robert Adam (Scottish, 1728–1792)
supplied by Thomas Chippendale (English, 1718–1779)
side chair (from a set of fourteen), England, c1772
Mahogany, covered in modern red Morocco leather
Overall (each): 38¼× 22 × 22 ½ in. (97.2 × 55.9 × 57.2 cm)
collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1996.426.1–.14
Purchased with the support of the Lila Acheson Wallace and The Annenberg Foundation Gifts. Gift of Irwin Untermyer and Fletcher Fund, by exchange, Bruce Dayton Gift, and funds from various donors, 1996

design by Robert Adam (Scottish, 1728–1792)
ceiling in Kedleston Hall, commissioned 1759, Derbyshire, England

design by Robert Adam (Scottish, 1728–1792)
ceiling and walls of the library at Kenwood House, London, commissioned between 1764 and 1779

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