Luxury Design, Past & Present
A beautifully framed and French matted pair of early 18th century copperplate engravings from Britannia Illustrata, The Principal seats of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain published first between 1707 and 1712 and again in 1720. The plates depict stunning bird’s eye topographical views of significant English buildings and the estate grounds surrounding them. The views are important records of both architecture and formal garden design of the period, which in many instances have since been altered beyond recognition. Images include the estates of Syston and Stoke Gifford. Syston Hall, Lincolnshire, was demolished in 1934. The artist responsible was Johannes Kip, (1652-1722) a genius Dutch artist, who both drew and engraved this and similar work.
H: 26 ¾ W: 31 D: 1 ¼