A Set of Four Antique Hand Colored Engravings
SEATS OF THE NOBILITY AND GENTRY
(originally part of a series of 84 copper engravings)
WILLIAM WATTS (1752-1851)
Reverse Painted Glass Matting & Gilt Wood Frames.
The set of four comprises:
New Hall in Essex, the Seat of Lord Waltham ~ drawn by James Lutrell 1779
Appuldurcombe Park in the Isle of Wight, the Seat of Sir Richard Worsley, Baronet ~ drawn by A. Devis ~ 1780
Houghton in Norfolk, the Seat of the Earl of Orford ~ 1782
Wolterton in Norfolk, the Seat of Lord Walpole ~ from a drawing by Humphrey Repton ~ 1783
The engravings are all in very good condition with a few tiny (pin-head size) dark spots in the margins and light foxing on the Houghton print. The reverse painting on glass and gilt frames are also in good condition with wear/ chips to the gilt in some spots. One frame is missing some of the decorative beading on the front (see photo). Each frame measures approximately 11 1/4" x 13 1/4 ". Due to the reflective quality of the glass and (my photography skills) there is a glare in many of the photos.