• Hanham Court - A Pastoral Idyl auction at Christies

    Sale 5466

    Hanham Court - A Pastoral Idyll

    14 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 10

    Johannes Kip (1653-1722), after Leendert Knijff (1650-1721)

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    Johannes Kip (1653-1722), after Leendert Knijff (1650-1721)
    Fifteen plates from:Britannia Illustrata, or Views of Several of the Queens Palaces as also the Principal Seats of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain
    engravings, 1714-15, published by Joseph Smith, London, with the central fold as usual, later impressions, late 18th century, unexamined out of the frames, cleaned
    P. 14 x 19 in. (35.5 x 48.3 cm.) (15)

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    Britannia Illustrata was one of the most important topographical books of the 18th century. The work, by Joannes Kip (1653-1722), was first published in 1707 with 80 plates under the title Britannia Illustrata; by 1716 three more volumes were added to it, and in 1728 a supplement was issued. The plates produced for this earlier work were engraved from "bird's-eye" drawings of Leonard Knyff (1650-1722), a fellow Dutchman who had come to London sometime after 1676. As the work expanded, plates were added by Kip and other eminent artists, forming a valuable record of the houses of the landed gentry during this flourishing era of expansion. See Berlin Kat. 2328.

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