Allan T Adams FSAI


Semi retired illustrator specialising in historical buildings, urban sketching and topograohical views.

I retired from Historic England (formerly English Heritage) in 2016, having workd on a range of projects illustrating historic buildings of all periods. Much of my work included reconstruction drawings, bringing ordinary buildings back to life as well making measured drawings for record purposes.  Since retirement I have turned my attention to urban sketching and topographical studies.

I have been illustrating historic buildings since 1981 creating drawn records for archive purposes, illustrating books and other publications. My long experience of illustrating historic buildings led to my election as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2008.


  • Illustrator
    • 2d plans & elevations
    • Exteriors
    • Interiors


  • Watercolour
  • Line & wash
  • Marker, pen & ink
  • Pencil, pastel, graphite


@_K8_Adams_ I have almost mastered the sideways look but don't get any rewards.😉 - 4 Aug
@_K8_Adams_ A nonchalant sideways glance, the tongue dropping out the side of her mouth... waiting for you to reach for the treats? 🙂 - 4 Aug
@kcarmichael2011 @savechildrenuk Well thought out, even to leaving the doorway between bedroom and study free, with… - 4 Aug
@JamesODavies A lovely colour scheme. - 4 Aug
RT @WYHpartnership: Colleagues @NHSBfdCraven have taken inspiration from the annual celebration of all things Yorkshire to share very serio… - 4 Aug
Happy Yorkshire Day. Some views of York to mark the day, and a bit of Staithes for contrast. @CarolynnAdams17 - 4 Aug
RT @Hudsonweather: Nice ‘UFO’ lenticular cloud over the North York moors this afternoon! - 4 Aug
Learned about her at college. Left a lasting impression on me, especially her depictions of working people and how… - 4 Aug
@Serlianna @Clare_Howard12 @yorkwalls @yorkcivictrust These days I might draw fewer people, guided by F L Griggs. H… - 4 Aug
What a difference three years make. Stonegate, York from July 2016. #YorkMinster in 2020. @Serlianna - 4 Aug