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 @Clare_Howard12 @_K8_Adams_ We would like to go back too. I am rereading Mary Beard's "Pompeii" and look… - 11h ago
I recently read "The Wolf Den" by Elodie Harper. Set in the lupanar in Pompeii it inspired me to do some quick sket… - 11h ago
@lottaboheme What a shame. I think my better half is considered as special TA in this way. I managed a similar work… - 22 Oct
@maggieHBAC @_K8_Adams_ @CarolynnAdams17 Perhaps I should have had a second slice to help make my cold go away? - 22 Oct
Happy International Gin and Tonic Day! @_K8_Adams_ @CarolynnAdams17 As you can see having some fresh lemon for th… - 22 Oct
@kenjohn54148265 @yorkcivictrust @yorkwalls @Serlianna @Clare_Howard12 The railings are a work of art, I just tried to do them justice. 😉 - 22 Oct
@_K8_Adams_ @CarolynnAdams17 It's already late in the evening in Australia. 😉 - 22 Oct
It's International Gin and Tonic day @CarolynnAdams17 @_K8_Adams_ - 22 Oct
@eric_180uk @HE_Archaeology What an impressive barn. - 22 Oct