Record number 03/6322
Author Britton, John, 1771 - 1857
TitleThe History And Description, With Graphic Illustrations, Of Cassiobury Park, Hertfordshire: The Seat Of The Earl Of Essex. - By John Britton, F.S.A. Honorary Member Of The Institute Of British Architects, And Of Other English And Foreign Societies; Author Of The Architectural And Cathedral Antiquities, Etc.
ImprintLondon:: Published By The Author, Burton Street., MDCCCXXXVII.
Physical Description32 p., 22 [i.e. 20]pl.: illus.; 495 mm. (Folio.)
Physical Description NoteThere are no pl. 6, 21 - nor are these included in the List Of Illustrations. Plate XI carries no number. Plate VII is bound in as a frontispiece.
Content Format Note[Frontis. (= pl. 7), t.p., note, dedic.] - Preface - Contents; List Of Illustrations - List Of Subscribers. Large paper (Small Paper) - [Text]; [colophon] - [Plates].
Summary NoteA note on the verso of the title page states, '(Only Twenty Large And One Hundred And Fifty Small Paper Copies Are Printed For Sale ...)'.

The plates were commissioned by the Earl of Essex before 1816 from drawings of Cassiobury made after James Wyatt's work on the house (ca. 1800-05). The Earl also commissioned Humphrey Repton to redesign the park.
Responsibility NotePlate 16 is unsigned; pl. 2 is signed by engraver only (Hill aquatinta). All others are signed as drawn by R.W. Billings, H. Edridge, J.M.W. Turner, Wm. Alexander, A. Pugin, Vandyke ('pinxit') or Huet Villiers, and as engraved by R.W. Billings, Robt. Havell & Son, Scriven, or aquatinted by J. Hill; pl. 13 is signed as drawn by A. Pugin, aquatinted by F. Lewis with figures engraved by Meyer.

In-text illustrations are signed as drawn by R.W. Billings, W. Hunt, R. Havell, A. Pugin, H. Fallows ('Fellows' in the List Of Illustrations) or J. Thompson, and as engraved by J. Wright or S. Williams (the headpiece of chapter II is unsigned by an engraver).

The printer is named on the title-page verso and in the colophon: 'Chiswick Press: C. Whittingham, College House.'

The work is dedicated by J. Britton to the Earl of Essex.
SubjectArchitecture - Country Houses - Parks (grounds) - Garden structures - Great Britain - Hertfordshire - Cassiobury Park - History
Art history - Views - Plans - Elevations - Sections - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Aquatints - Great Britain - 19th century
Name as Subject Wyatt, James, P.R.A., 1746 - 1813
ReferencesRoyal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 1 (1994), no. 423, p.258-9.

J. Britton, Autobiography, pt. II (1849), p.61-2. J. Mordaunt Crook, 'John Britton and the genesis of the Gothic Revival', in Concerning architecture, ed. J. Summerson (1968). J.M. Frew, 'Some observations on James Wyatt's Gothic style', in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 41 (1982 August), p.144-9.
Binding Note19th-century half red morocco, green watered-cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Britton's Cassiobury'.
ProvenancePresented by the author in 1840 (acknowledged RA Council Minutes, IX, 91).
Contributors Britton, John, 1771 - 1857, publisher, previous owner, donor
Billings, Robert William, 1813 - 1874, draughtsman, engraver
Edridge, Henry, A.R.A., 1768 - 1821, draughtsman
Turner, J.M.W., R.A., 1775 - 1851, draughtsman
Alexander, William, 1767 - 1816, draughtsman
Pugin, Augustus Charles, 1769 - 1832, draughtsman
Van Dyck, Anthony, 1599 - 1641, source artist
Villiers, François Huet, 1772 - 1813
Hill, John, 1770 - 1850, engraver
Havell, Robert, senior, 1769 - 1832, engraver, draughtsman?
Havell, Robert, junior, 1793 - 1878, engraver
Lewis, Frederick Christian, Snr., 1779 - 1856, engraver
Scriven, Edward, 1775 - 1841, engraver
Hunt, William Henry, 1790 - 1864, draughtsman
Fellows, H., fl. ca. 1815 - 1837?, draughtsman
Thompson, John, 1785 - 1866, draughtsman
Wright, John, fl. ca. 1828 - 1835?, wood-engraver
Williams, Samuel, 1788 - 1853, wood-engraver
Whittingham, Charles, 1767 - 1840, printer
Essex, George Cappell-Coningsby, 5th Earl of, 1757 - 1839, dedicatee
Chiswick Press (London). printer
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