antique prints, maps and watercolors

(Gardens) ...Houghton... Vitruvius Brittanicus... London, 1715-1738. $495.00

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"Plan of the Garden and Plantation of Houghton in Norfolk the Seat of the right Honourable Robert Walpole Esq...."

Colen Campbell’s Vitruvius Britannicus or, the British Architect… is one of the greatest 18th century British illustrated books on architecture and landscape architecture. The large, strikingly beautiful prints of stately English country houses built during the two previous centuries are distinguished by high quality of engraving and fine laid paper. Campbell was the architect to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. He was a proponent of the symmetry and simple lines of the Neo-Palladian style which he helped to popularize thereby replacing the excessive fussiness of the Baroque style of the preceding century. Inigo Jones, Sir John Vanbrugh and Sir Christopher Wren are two of the famous British architects whose designs Campbell included in the work.

18 x 21 inches, sheet
Hand colored copperplate engraving.
Very good condition.