His peg-leg (though stockinged and realistically encased in a buckled shoe) makes his gait awkward. It was here in 1768 that he had his leg amputated, â˜having paid the surgeon 19s 6d first, to cover the costs of a funeral,’ which, thankfully, was unnecessary. In his library, capacious shelves’ are stacked with volumes. DINING ETIQUETTE FOR ITALY There are piles of books on the new Adam chimneypiece, and on the harpsichord which both he and his wife Sarah play. Apologetically, he waves vaguely towards them: â˜My wife Sally says I must buy no more books until I build another house, and advises me to first read some of those I have already. What nonsense she talks sometimes.’ But there is affection in his voice. Everything has to be approved by her -â˜Sally likes it so we will order more’ is a familiar postscript in his letters to his London partner, Thomas Bentley.