The Seats of the Nobility and Gentry

Description

Between 1779 and 1786 William Watts published The Seats of the Nobility and Gentry, in a Collection of the most interesting & picturesque Views in 1779–86. The series comprised of 86 views of country houses engraved by Watts after the drawings and paintings of other artists. They follow a similar format to the estate views in George Kearsley’s Copperplate Magazine (1774–8) and Virtuosi’s Museum (1778–81): two highly successful print publications which issued engravings by known contemporary artists with letterpress descriptions. 

William Watts etched this view of Cadland Park, Hampshire, after a drawing by the Irish landscape painter George Barret. The Hon. Robert Drummond purchased the estate at Cadland in 1772 and employed Lancelot Brown and Henry Holland to design a house and landscape gardens. This etching shows the stately house situated within the picturesque landscape surrounded by trees.

This etching of Highcliffe Castle, Dorset (then Hampshire) was published as part of William Watts’ series The Seats of the Nobility and Gentry (1779–86). Highcliffe Castle was built for Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay between 1831–35 and designed by English architect William Donthorne. This etching, after a watercolour by Adam Callander, shows Highcliffe as seen from the east.


Full title:
The Seats of the Nobility and Gentry, in a Collection of the most interesting & picturesque Views. From drawings by the most eminent Artists. With descriptions of Each View
Published:
London
Created:
1779-1786
Format:
Engraving / View
Language:
English
Creator:
William Watts
Copyright:
© British Library
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Maps C.25.a.19.

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