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


@Serlianna @kcarmichael2011 @VArchGroup @YorksVernacular @ahousephildrew And Poppleton Road, a copy of Haxby Road. - 10h ago
@kcarmichael2011 @VArchGroup @YorksVernacular @ahousephildrew @Serlianna The Brierley part stuck in my memory, part… - 10h ago
49-51 Goodramgate, York. I spent a bot of time drawing windows. The bay window may date from the 1931 restoration,… - 24h ago
@lottaboheme A sympathetic hug, Carolynn is suffering in the same way here in York. 🤨 - 24 Jul
Goodramgate, York. The #Snickelways pub done, now for the fun bit, timber framing. No hint of the Wealden behind th… - 24 Jul
@ReviantoSantosa Thank you. 🙂 - 24 Jul
Slow progress on Goodramgate, York but the quick sketch & the older drawing have been really useful. #pencil - 24 Jul
@jamesbriankerr @HE_Archaeology Happy retirement to Mark Bowden. - 24 Jul