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Winstanley, Henry, 1644–1703
Advertisement [graphic] : All noble men and gentlemen that please to have their mansion houses design'd on copper plates, to be printed for composeing a volume of the prospects of the principall houses of England, may have them done by Mr Hen. Winstanley by way of subscription ...
[Littlebury, Essex : H. Winstanley, 1670s?]
Physical Description:
1 print on laid paper : etching ; plate mark 35.2 x 40.9 cm., on sheet 35.4 x 47.5 cm.
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Folio A 2010 12
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
A view of Henry Winstanley's house at Littlebury in Essex, together with an odd looking windmill, sundials, etc.
Title from item.
Drawn and engraved by Winstanley.
Publication date from Griffiths.
The proposed publication was never published.
Continuation of title: "... that is to say, subscribing to pay five pounds at the delivering of a fair coppy of their respective houses as large as this plate; or ten pounds for one as large as royall paper will contain. He likewise obligeing himselfe to furnish as many prints of all sorts, att 4d and 6d a print as any that subscribe shall require, & to deliver one fair sticht book of as many houses as shall be done, when it is demanded without further charge. You may have also any prospect of your houses, or any distance, painted in oyle of any sise att a reasonable rate by me likewise."
Text at foot: "The prospect of the dwelling house of Hen. Winstanley Gent. att Littlebury in the County of Essex, forty miles distant from London on the road to Cambridge, to which place any person of quallity in any part of England may send to him, and he will answer their desires, if they please to send notice that they will subscribe to the abovesaid proposition. I likewise give notice that I have made some progress in this worke allready."
Text at left: "The undertaker of this great work can not be thought to designe extraordinary profitt to himselfe, considering the charge of copper plates, the expenses of journeys, especially to places farr remote to take designes &c. But that he hath seen most of the famosest houses in France, Italy & Germany & have been drawn to the expence & trouble of travalling by sight some of prints done after them in this kinde. And haveing likewise observed many most worthy houses in England, not onely of noble men but likewise of gentlemen, that have bestowed great charges in beautifieing their fronts with good architecture & symmetry, which is for ornament more than convenientcy. And notwithstanding these great expences, their houses are not only unknown to all forreigners that come not into England, but likewise to all people that travaile not about, and not heard of by many people of the same county. I have proposed this way to shew my endeavour to serve my country, by letting forreigne nations have a sight & small prospect of what is as much deserveing as in any Kingdom, & an easy way for all my country men to turne from leafe to leafe, & soe have a sight of as many houses in few minutes as would cost many dayes & weeks to travaile to them."
Griffiths, A. The print in Stuart Britain, 1603-1689, 171
BAC: British Art Center copy mutilated at top left corner, with no loss of image.
Subject Terms:
Country homes -- England.
Littlebury (Essex)
Manors -- England.
Nobility -- Homes and haunts -- England.
Winstanley, Henry, 1644-1703.
Engravings -- England -- Littlebury -- 167-
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