Scots on the Grand Tour, and Robert Adam’s ‘Spalatro’, lectures

Dr Patricia Andrew and dr Iain Gordon Brown will give lectures at 6 p.m. on October 10 in the premises of the Institute of Art History –  Cvito Fisković Centre (Kružićeva 7, Split). This lectures are thematically related to this project and have been organized in conjunction with the several-years-long programme of public lectures in the Cvito Fisković Centre of the Institute of Art History, Split.

Robert Adam, attributed to George Willison, oil on canvas, circa 1770-1774. © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dr Patricia Andrew was born in Scotland, and grew up in Wales and England. After taking a degree in English Literature at the University of Nottingham, she taught English in Italy for two years, followed by a PhD in Art History at Edinburgh University.

Her main career has been as curator and director of museums and galleries services. She now works independently, with a mixed portfolio of University teaching, lecturing, writing and cultural heritage consultancy advice. She is a regular lecturer at the National Galleries of Scotland, and for various organisations around the UK; for the past six years she has also been a cruise lecturer.

Her specialist interests centre on Scottish artists at home and abroad, and on garden history, from the 18th century to the present day. She recently won the Scottish History Book of the Year Award for her book on 20th-century Scottish war art.

Patricia will talk on Scots on the Grand Tour. This will include a brief account of the history of the phenomenon, the people who took part, and how it – and they – influenced attitudes and taste across Europe, and she will put into context the very unusual Grand Tours of Robert and James Adam.


Dr Iain Gordon Brown, a graduate of the universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, was until 2011 Principal Curator of Manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland, of which he is now an Honorary Fellow. There he mounted many important exhibitions, notably ‘Monumental Reputation: Robert Adam and the Emperor’s Palace’ which was later shown at Kenwood, London (1992-93). In 1996 he visited Split and Zagreb to speak on Robert Adam and Diocletian’s Palace.

He has written widely (some twelve monographs and nearly 300 articles) on the art, architecture, literature and cultural history of the period of the Scottish Enlightenment, and he has a particular interest in the British in Italy and the Grand Tour. A former President of the Old Edinburgh Club and a Trustee of Edinburgh World Heritage, he is currently an Associate of the Centre for the History of the Book in the University of Edinburgh and Consultant to the Adam Drawings Project at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. Between 2012 and 2017 he held the office of Curator of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s national academy, of which he has been a Fellow since 1997.

Iain will speak about Robert Adam’s Spalatro project in the context of the crucial decade 1754-1764 – which was a transformative one in Adam’s career.

(written by A. Š.)