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The Plans, Elevations and Sections; Chimney-Pieces, and Ceilings of Houghton in Norfolk
London: Published by I. Ware, sold by P. Fourdrinier, 1735. Engraved throughout, title, dedication and 28 plates by Ware and Fourdrinier , 9 double-page. First Edition.[Bound with:]Thomas SMITH, of Derby (d. 1767). Eight of the most extraordinary Prospects in the Mountainous Parts of Derbyshire and Staffordshire commonly called the Peak and the Moorlands . [No place of publication: plates dated March-August 1743]. Titled beneath the image of the first plate. 8 etched or engraved double-page plates by Benoist, Vivares, Scotin and others after Smith (subjects include: Dovedale (2), River Manyfold at Wetton, Matlock Bath (2), River Wye (2), Castleton).[And:]A collection of 10 other topographical views (6 double-page after Smith: one of Haddon Hall, one of Chatsworth and 4 of views on the rivers Trent and Derwent; 2 after W. Oram of Catterick Bridge on the River Swale and Knaresborough on the Nidd; 2 double-page of the Giant's Causeway after Drury).Folio (21 x 15 ½ inches), mounted on guards throughout. Contemporary mottled calf gilt, covers with wide decorative border of fillets and roll-tools with various motifs including birds and bees, spine in seven sections, red morocco lettering-piece in one, the others tooled in gilt (joints weak, spine chipped at head and foot).The views by Smith are particularly interesting and form a good representative selection of his work; he was self-taught but achieved a high reputation during his lifetime and was 'one of the earliest delineators of the beauties of English scenery' (DNB). The first work is on Houghton Hall in Norfolk which was built for Sir Robert Walpole from Ripley's designs, the interior detailing shown in the present work was designed by William Kent: the designs for the plaster ceilings were carried out by Italian craftsmen, with gilded and painted ornament; the walls are dressed with classical plinth, pilasters, and frieze; and pedimented chimneypieces contain bas-relief panels above the mantelpiece. As a whole the present collection is in fine condition with wide margins and clearly bound at the time of publication.First work: Harris 911.
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