Adam Cremone Bolt
Eighteen century neoclassical interiors were directly inspired by new discoveries of the glory that was Greece and the grandeur of Rome and summarized the conception of a noble classical world. The first archaeological event of the modern times, the discovery and initial excavation of the ancient buried city of Pompeii inspired the slim, straight-lined, elegant Pompeian style that almost entirely displaced the curvilinear Rococo. In England, the new Pompeian manner was associated with its most artful practitioner, Robert Adam, architect and archaeologist. Decorative motifs such as: medallions, urns, vine scrolls, sphinxes, and tripods are among the wide vocabulary taken from classical antiquity incorporated with great delicacy into this style.