Here is a nice pair of 18th century engravings showing English estates for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift or keep it for yourself!
These antique engravings were done by Johannes Kip. They show two beautiful English estates. The details and the hand coloring in these engravings is still very eye catching. Plates 303 and 340 on the two engravings. The architectural renderings done by Kip were very unique for their time as done from a hot air balloon view.
We do no see any foxing or brown spotting going on within the engraving. No watermarks, tears, or repairs. A fold down the middle in both piece, probably from having been part of a book at one time.
Beautiful wood frames here. The wood frame has a gold enameled finish on it with nice fluting around the edges and leafing in the corner. The glass is intact, no cracking or blistering. There is a white and pink colored double matting around the engraving. The paper backing is intact on the back of the frame and has the Washington Square Gallery tag on it from Philadelphia, PA. Plexiglass was utilized instead of glass which is really the preferred way to do older pieces like this now.. The hanging wire is on the frames and the piece is sealed up from the back.
The Framed English Estate Engravings are 23.75" tall, by 26-1/8" across, by 1" wide. The Engraving showing thru the frame is 14.5" tall by 18" across. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures. Don’t be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Johannes "Jan" Kip (1652/53, Amsterdam – 1722, Westminster) was a Dutch draftsman, engraver and print dealer. Together with Leonard Knyff, he made a speciality of engraved views of English country houses.
Kip was a pupil of Bastiaen Stopendaal (1636–1707), from 1668 to 1670, before setting up on his own; his earliest dated engravings are from 1672. In April 1680, at the age of 27, he married Elisabeth Breda in Amsterdam. After producing works for the court of William of Orange in Amsterdam, Kip followed William and Mary to London and settled in St. John Street in Farringdon, where he conducted a thriving printselling business. He also worked for various London publishers producing engravings after such artists as Francis Barlow (c. 1626–1704) and Caius Gabriel Cibber (1630–1700), largely for book illustrations. He made several engraved plates for Awnsham & John Churchill's A Collection of Voyages & Travels (first published 1704). He signed the African scenes in volume V of the 1732 edition as "J. Kip".
His most important works were the large fold-out folio illustrations for Britannia Illustrata, 1708; for the 65 folio plates he engraved for the antiquary Sir Robert Atkyns, The Ancient and Present State of Glostershire, 1712 (1st edition); and for Le Nouveau Théâtre de la Grande Bretagne ou description exacte des palais de la Reine, et des Maisons les plus considerables des des Seigneurs & des Gentilshommes de la Grande Bretagne, 1715, an extended reprint in collaboration with other artists.
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Not all the gentlemen's seats were as up-to-date as Hampton Court: many-gabled Jacobean Toddington Manor, with the remnant of its moat, its parish church and half-timbered outbuildings contrasted with its fine, brand-new formal garden.
Kip's engraving of Chevening published in 1719.
The linked careers of Jan Kip and Leonard Knyff made a specialty of engraved views of English country houses, represented in detail from the bird's-eye view, a pictorial convention for topography. Their major work was Britannia Illustrata: Or Views of Several of the Queens Palaces, as Also of the Principal seats of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain, Curiously Engraven on 80 Copper Plates, London (1707, published in the winter of 1708–9). The volume is among the most important English topographical publications of the 18th century. Architecture is rendered with care, and the settings of parterres and radiating avenues driven through woods or planted across fields, garden paths, gates and toolsheds are illustrated in detail. The images are staffed with figures and horses, coaches pulling into forecourts, water-craft on rivers, in line with the traditions of the Low Countries. Some of the plates are in the Siennese "map perspective".
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