The Lansdowne House drawing room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Two years ago we enjoyed a tour of Philadelphia Museum of Art, of which the centrepiece was, undoubtedly, the Lansdowne House drawing room, designed by Robert Adam in the 1760s. The room was acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1931, when the front of the house, was demolished. The dining room was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Brilliant colours and 'Etruscan' decoration, used by Adam in this design, were newly fashionable in the 1760s. Such a bright and refined interior conveyed not only the wealth of the owners, but also their great taste. We loved the bold contrast of these vivid colours, with this intricate decoration and scenes from classical antiquity, painted by G

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