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


@Phalasa @Serlianna @kcarmichael2011 @yorkwalls Thank you. Keeping those textures in the colour version is proving… - 49m ago
A Roman column from beneath York Minster. May need a bit of drawing to strengthen the linework and a foreground.… - 58m ago
RT @chrisriddell50: Five Years…a sketchbook of political drawings. - 9h ago
@Serlianna @kcarmichael2011 @yorkwalls Thank you. There is some interesting colour lower down the column too. I hav… - 24h ago
Part of the attraction is the patchwork of different colour stonework behind the Roman column. @kcarmichael2011 - 17 Aug
@kcarmichael2011 @Serlianna @yorkwalls Getting the colour right is proving a challenge. I will aim to keep the ligh… - 17 Aug
@kenjohn54148265 I have the film also. It is beautifully made, the animation capturing Briggs' drawing style faithfully. - 17 Aug
@kenjohn54148265 I can also recommend his book "When the Wind Blows". It also very moving. - 17 Aug
A bit of colour on the Roman column I drew a few months ago. I hope it works as well as the colour I added to my dr… - 17 Aug