Allan T Adams FSAI


Retired illustrator occasionally specialising in historical buildings, urban sketching and topographical views.

I retired from Historic England (formerly English Heritage) in 2016, having worked 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.Ā  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


RT @buitengebieden: First steps of a baby giraffe.. šŸ˜Š - 10 Dec
@lottaboheme @comdotdom My colleague and I used to freak out younger colleagues measuring historic buildings by sliā€¦ - 10 Dec
A break from shopping yesterday, and some excellent, freshly cooked fish and chips from Mr Chippy in Church Street.ā€¦ - 10 Dec
@lottaboheme Motte and bailey castles are also good for rolling and easier to find in Yorkshire. Had to be carefulā€¦ - 10 Dec
@lottaboheme We took our kids to Richborough, Roman remains galore. Didn't really notice the Roman remains but hadā€¦ - 10 Dec
Needed a coffee in @WaterstonesYork after buying train tickets & ordering a book. The coffee & cake were great andā€¦ - 10 Dec
@GeraintFranklin @entschwindet Iso and axo drawings can be tricky. Many times I gotten floor levels mixed up doingā€¦ - 10 Dec
@stoneflowerjane I'm over 55 and count myself as indispensable and they wouldn't bother trying to scare me. Besidesā€¦ - 10 Dec
@allan_brodie54 I would rather not know of the hammer was going to fall, thank you. - 10 Dec
@Ren_Field87 @York_Minster Thank you. Drawing bricks can be therapeutic at times. - 10 Dec