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View, England, Countryside, Kip and Knyff, British Country House Bird’s-eye, Antique Prints, Early 18th Century


Leonard Knyff (1650-1721) (after)
Johannes Kip (1653-1722) (engraver)
Badminton in the County of Gloucester
from Nouveau Theatre de la Grand Bretaigne [The New Theater of Great Britain]
Hand-colored copperplate engravings
London: 1708-13
19.5 x 24 inches, sheet, average approximate
14 x 19 inches, image, average approximate
$350 each

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Ashdowne Parke in the County of Bercks
Wrest House & Park in ye County of Bedford
Grimsthorp in the County of Lincoln [1]
Grimsthorp in the County of Lincoln [2]
Haughton in the County of Nottingham
Swillington in the West Rideing of Yorkshire

Bird’s-eye views of the great English country houses, showing the architecture, formal gardens, and the surrounding landscape. The Nouveau Theater of Great Britain is celebrated for its survey of the country house in the early Georgian period, recording great Elizabethan and Baroque architecture in the series of plates drawn by Leonard Knyff and engraved by Johannes Kip. It was a period of great mercantile prosperity when many of the great country seats of England were restored and expanded. Included in this series are The Palace and St. James Park, Longleat, Chatsworth, Hampton Court and Knole.

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Leonard Knyff was a Dutch artist living in England, as was Johannes Kip, who was also an engraver and print dealer. According to the Grove Dictionary of Art, “The work for which Kip is best remembered is his large corpus of topographical engravings of country mansions, which were published first in 1708. This book is among the most important English topographical publications of the 18th century. The subjects were engraved by Kip after ‘bird’s-eye’ drawings executed by Leonard Knyff.”

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light wear, toning, soiling, soft creases. center vertical fold as issued. Later color.


“Johannes Kip.” Grove Dictionary of Art. Macmillan, 2000. Online at

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18th Century