Portland Place was designed in the late eighteenth century by Robert and James Adam. Robert was better known than his brother, and his work can be seen in townhouses and country estates across the country.
Adam initially trained under his architect father in Edinburgh, before going on the Grand Tour and studying architecture in Italy. He was known for creating complete design schemes for buildings, from the exterior architecture to the furnishings. Interiors were often decorated in pastel colours, with elements of Neoclassicism, and motifs taken from Greek, Egyptian and Etruscan architecture.