Surrey landscape painter lived in London and Ewhurst, Surrey. Adams studied at the Bloomsbury Art School in London before studying under the English landscape painter William Wilthieu Fenn. Adams first exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art in London at the age of nineteen and went on to exhibit over seventy-five paintings there throughout the course of his career ,1863-93.
His landscapes, painted in a rich broad technique, are natural and realistic, and full of feeling for light and colour. Inspired by the southern counties of England, in particular Surrey, where Adams lived and worked from 1873 until his death in 1906.
The Victoria & Albert Museum holds his work.