Record number 06/4202
Author Robinson, Peter Frederick, 1776 - 1858
TitleVitruvius Britannicus. - History Of Woburn Abbey: Illustrated By Plans, Elevations, And Internal Views Of The Apartments, From Actual Measurement. - By P.F. Robinson, Architect, F.S.A. And F.G.S. -
ImprintLondon:: Printed For The Author, And Published By J.And A. Arch, Cornhill; Longman And Co. Paternoster Row; Molteno And Co. Pall Mall; Priestley And Weale, High Street, Bloomsbury; Pickering, Chancery Lane; Rodwell, New Bond Street; And Williams, Charles Street, Soho. -, MDCCCXXXIII.
Physical Description[2], 3, [1], 20 p., engr. dedic., [8] pl.; 580 mm. (Folio.)
Physical Description NoteSome copies lack the Prospectus and list of Subscribers (p. '3, [1]').
Content Format Note[T.p., engr. dedic.] - New Vitruvius Britannicus ... Prospectus ... (March 1, 1833) - Subscribers To The Vitruvius Britannicus - [Text] - [Plates].
Summary NoteThe work had first been published in 1827, as the first part of Robinson's series of monographs, 'Vitruvius Britannicus'; and the plates all carry the date of May 1827.

It describes Woburn Abbey, remodelled for the fourth duke of Bedford by Henry Flitcroft in 1747, and for the sixth Duke by Henry Holland in the 1780s. The text consists of 'History Of Woburn Abbey', 'General Catalogue Of The Paintings At Woburn Abbey' and 'General Catalogue Of The Marbles And Other Works In Sculpture At Woburn Abbey'.

The plates are unnumbered and are bound in in different order in different copies. In the Royal Academy's copy they are in the order: [1] a view of the house from the park; [2] 'The Library'; [3] 'The Portrait Gallery'; [4] 'The Sculpture Gallery'; [5] 'Plan Of The Principal Story'; [6] 'General Plan'; [7] 'Elevation Of The West Front'; [8] 'Exterior Of The Sculpture Gallery'. Six of the plates are pasted in. A headpiece to the 'History' shows the Bedford arms; a tailpiece to the 'General Catalogue Of The Marbles' shows 'The Bedford Vase'.
Responsibility NotePlates 2-4, 6, 8, are signed as drawn by J.G. Jackson; plates 5, 7 as drawn by J. Sanders and J.G. Jackson; pl. 1 as drawn by J.D. Harding. They are signed as engraved by W. Radclyffe, J. Le Keux, H. Le Keux, H. Moses or J. Roffe. The engraved dedication is unsigned.

Each plate, as well as the engraved dedication, carries the publisher's imprint of Jas. Carpenter (and the date of May 1827).

The headpiece is signed as designed by T. Willement and engraved by J. Roffe; the tailpiece, as engraved by J. Roffe.

The printer is named on the title-page verso: 'Printed By C. Whittingham, Chiswick.'

The work is dedicated by P.F. Robinson to John, Duke and Earl of Bedford.
SubjectArchitecture - Interior decoration - Country Houses - Great Britain - Bedfordshire - Woburn Abbey - History
Collections - Great Britain - 18th century - 19th century
Views - Plans - Elevations - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century
Name as Subject Bedford, John Russell, 6th Duke of, 1766 - 1839
Russell, family
Flitcroft, Henry, 1697 - 1769
Holland, Henry, 1745 - 1806
ReferencesRoyal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 3 (1999), no. 2819, p. 1674-5; M. Holmes, The country house described (1986), p. 275; J. Archer, The literature of British domestic architecture 1715-1842 (1985), no. 298.2
Copy NoteThe verso of the front loose endpaper is stamped, 'Bound By J. Mackenzie'.
Binding Note19th-century half green morocco, marbled-papered boards; spine lettered 'Vitruvius Britannicus - Robinson.' Bound with two others.
ProvenanceThe front pastedown carries the 19th-century armorial bookplate of 'Frances Mary Richardson Currer'.
Variant TitleHistory Of Woburn Abbey
Contributors Arch, Arthur, fl. 1792 - 1838, publisher
Arch, John, fl. 1792 - 1838, publisher
Pickering, William, 1796 - 1854, publisher
Jackson, J. G., fl. 1817 - 1844, draughtsman
Sanders, John, 1750 - 1826, draughtsman
Harding, James Duffield, 1797 - 1863, draughtsman
Radclyffe, William, 1783 - 1855, engraver
Le Keux, John, 1783 - 1846, engraver
Moses, Henry, 1808? - 1870, engraver
Roffe, John, 1769 - 1850, engraver
Carpenter, James, 1768 - 1852, publisher
Willement, Thomas, 1786 - 1871, draughtsman
Whittingham, Charles, 1767 - 1840, printer
Bedford, John Russell, 6th Duke of, 1766 - 1839, dedicatee
Currer, Frances Mary Richardson, 1785 - 1861, previous owner
Le Keux, Henry, 1787 - 1868, engraver
Mackenzie, John, fl. 19th century, binder
Flitcroft, Henry, 1697 - 1769, source artist
Holland, Henry, 1745 - 1806, source artist
John and Arthur Arch. publisher
Longman and Company (London). publisher
Molteno and Company (London). publisher
Priestley and Weale. publisher
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