Record number 06/4210
TitleThe Plans, Elevations, And Sections; Chimney-Pieces, and Cielings of Houghton in Norfolk; The Seat of the Rt. Honourable Sr. Robert Walpole; First Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Knt. of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
ImprintPublished by I. Ware., MDCCXXXV.
Physical Description[1] f., engr., 32 [i.e. 28] pl. (nine dble.); 510 mm.
Physical Description NoteThe 28 plates are numbered irregularly and all but the first of the nine double pl. carry two numbers, as follows: one unnumbered dble. pl., pl. 1/2, 3/4, 5, 6/7, 8/9, 10, 11/12, 13/14, 15/16, 17-22, 23 misnumbered '24', 24-31, 29/30, 31, 32.
Content Format Note[] - [Text, 'Nihil opus est mihi, Lector ...'] - [Plates].
Summary NoteThis was the first monograph devoted to a British country-house. The plates show Houghton Hall, built for Sir Robert Walpole between 1722 and 1735 under the direction of Thomas Ripley, from designs by Colen Campbell, James Gibbs and others, with interior decoration by William Kent, architectural relief sculptures by J.M. Rysbrack and stucco by G. Artari. Isaac Ware, draughtsman and publisher of the present work, had been an assistant to Ripley from 1721. (The house also contained a notable collection of paintings and casts, but these are not shown here.)

The plates show plans, elevations and sections of the east, west and 'end' fronts; section of the hall and salone; sections of the staircase; ceilings (one of them showing Artari's representation of the Garter Star, awarded to Walpole in 1726); chimney pieces; plan and elevations of the stables.

Thirty-three of Ware's preparatory drawings are now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

An issue with corrected numbering of the plates was brought out at some later date - retaining the date of 1735 on the title-plate but adding the words 'and Sold by P. Fourdrinier at the Corner of Cragg's Court Charing Cross'. Another edition was issued in 1760.
Responsibility NoteThe unnumbered dble. pl. is signed as engraved by P. Fourdrinier. The numbered plates are signed as designed by T. Ripley (pl. 1-18, and bis pl. 29/30, 31, 32) or W. Kent (pl.19-31), drawn by I. Ware and engraved by P. Fourdrinier (except that pl. 29-31 are signed as both drawn and engraved by I. Ware, and pl. 31 bis is unsigned by an engraver).
SubjectArchitecture - Architecture details - Interior decoration - Mantels - Ceilings - Country houses - Great Britain - Norfolk - Houghton - Houghton Hall - History - 18th century - Palladian
Plans - Elevations - Sections - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century
Name as Subject Ripley, Thomas, 1682 - 1758
Kent, William, 1685 - 1748
Orford, Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of, 1676 - 1745
Campbell, Colen, 1676 - 1729
Gibbs, James, 1682 - 1754
Rysbrack, Michael, 1694 - 1770
Artari, Giuseppe, 1692 - 1769
ReproductionsA microfilm copy was published in 2003 (Woodbridge, Conn.: Primary Source Microfilm [imprint of Gale Group]).
ReferencesESTC T42438
Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed, 4 (2001), no. 3583, p.2360-2.
E. Harris and N. Savage, British Architectural Books (1990), no.911
J. Archer, Literature of British domestic architecture (1985), no. 288.1.
A. Moore, Houghton Hall: the Prime Minister, the Empress and the heritage [exhibition catalogue] (1996)
J. Harris, 'Who designed Houghton?', in Country life, 183 (1989 March 2), p.92-4.
Binding Note18th-century mottled calf; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Ware's Houghton'.
ProvenanceThe front paste-down carries the armorial bookplate of 'Ino. Selwyn Esqr.', and a Royal Academy bookplate inscribed in ink, 'Presented by Mr. E. Vincent Harris 1965'.
Contributors Ripley, Thomas, 1682 - 1758, source artist
Kent, William, 1685 - 1748, source artist
Ware, Isaac, 1704 - 1766, draughtsman, engraver, publisher
Fourdrinier, Paul, 1698 - 1758, engraver
Selwyn, Ino., previous owner
Harris, E. Vincent, R.A., 1876 - 1971, previous owner, donor
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