Vitruvius Britannicus

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VITRUVIUS BRITANNICUS or The British Architect,
1767

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We take pleasure in offering these superb engravings, which were published in Volume Four 1767, and are considered to be among the most important renderings of British houses on copper plate. More.

In his great work, Vitruvius Britannicus, Colen Campbell, both a designing Architect and the publisher, essentially created the design book that led to the construction of many of Britain's great houses.

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VITRUVIUS BRITANNICUS or The British Architect,
1767

 

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Colen Campbell's engraving of the Duke of Devonshire's house.

Elevation and plan of the Principal Floor of His Grace The Duke of Devonshire's House in Piccadilly

Campbell, Colen. engraved by T. Miller after T. Woolfe.

London: Published by Colen Campbell, 1767.

Copper Engraving on laid paper.

The principal floor of this fine residence had large and magnificent rooms, which were elegantly furnished and adorned with one of the finest collections of paintings in the kingdom. The Architect was William Kent.

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Plate Size: 10 5/8" x 14 7/8"

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Colen Campbells's engraving of section of gallery of Wyndham, Hammersmith

Section of the Gallery of - Wyndham, Esq., Hammersmith

Campbell, Colen. engraved by M. Darby after T. Woolfe.
London: Published by Colen Campbell, 1767.

Copper Engraving on laid paper.

This small but splendid house incorporated a gallery with a pair of seventeen foot high Sicilian diasper solid columns. The door case columns were of Lapis lazuli, and the floor variagated marbles. The Architect was Servandoni.

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Plate Size: 10" x 19 1/2"

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Colen Campbell's engraving of a section of the Mansion House

Section of the Mansion House

Campbell, Colen. engraved by M. Darby after T. Woolfe.
London: Published by Colen Campbell, 1767.

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No expense was spared by the City of London on the design, construction and furnishing of the Lord Mayor's official residence near London's Royal Exchange. The exterior is of decorated Portland stone and the interior contains the large Egyptian Hall, 90 ft. long x 50ft. wide. The foundations were laid in 1739 and the building opened in 1753. The Architect was George Dance.

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Plate Size: 10" x 20 1/8"

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Colen Campbell's engraving of the south front of Kedleston

South Front of Kedleston

Campbell, Colen. engraved by T. White after J. Gandon
London: Published by Colen Campbell, 1767

Copper Engraving on laid paper.

This elegant structure was the residence of Lord Scarsdale and was located about four miles from Derby. A rusticated basement with a Corinthian terastyle of 3/4 columns and a semi-circular flight of steps adorn the front, the wings and corridors are decorated with pilasters, Venetian windows, and other ornaments. The Architect was R. Adam.

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Plate Size: 10 1/8" x 20 3/4 "

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Colen Campbell's engraving of principal front of Nostel, Yorkshire

Elevation of the Principal Front of Nostel in Yorkshire, the seat of Sir Rowland Winn, Bart.

Campbell, Colen. engraved by T. White after J. Woolfe
London: Published by Colen Campbell, 1767
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A finely rusticated basement supports a hexastyle front of the Ionic order, the windows being regularly decorated. The Architect was James Paine.

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Plate Size: 10" x 26 5/8"

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Colen Campbell's engraving of a section of Stratton Park

Section of Stratton Park

Campbell, Colen. engraved by T. White after J. Woolfe
London: Published by Colen Campbell, 1767

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This was the Hampshire seat of the Duke of Bedford. Delineated is a section through the centre of the house, which is decorated with an Ionic terastyle of 3/4 columns, to which one ascends by a flight of steps leading to the hall, whence one passes into the saloon and other apartments. The Architect was Sanderson.

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Plate Size: 10" x 14 7/8"

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Colen Campbell's engraving of the principal front of Latham Hall

The Principal Front of Latham Hall in Lancashire, the seat of Thos. Willbraham Bootle, Esq.

Campbell, Colen. engraved by T. White after J. Gandon
London: Published by Colen Campbell, 1767

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A rusticated basement and a flight of steps lead to the principal apartments. The Architect was Leoni.

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Plate Size: 10 1/8" x 24 1/2"

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VITRUVIUS BRITANNICUS or The British Architect,
Containing the Plans, Elevations, and Sections of the Regular Buildings,
both Public and Private in Great Britain. London. The Authors.
1767

We take pleasure in offering these superb engravings, which were published in Volume Four 1767, and are considered to be among the most important renderings of British houses on copper plate. The majority of the craftsmen involved in its compilation held a Royal Warrant. In his great work, Vitruvius Britannicus, Colen Campbell, both a designing Architect and the publisher, essentially created the design book that led to the construction of many of Britain's great houses. It is indispensable for the study of 17th and 18th-century architecture in England, and it occupies its own special place in architectural history as the book which established Palladian architecture as the approved style for Britain in the 18th century. More.

COLEN CAMPBELL

Scottish.

Colen Campbell issued the first three volumes between 1715 and 1725, while the Woolfe and Gandon volumes of 1767 and 1771 are a continuation, illustrating work by Burlington, Kent, Ware, John Wood, Inigo Jones, Chambers, Adam and Paine. In its complete form, Vitruvius Britannicus comprises five Folio volumes with 375 engraved plates. They contain large engraved illustrations, including many double-page, of plans and sections of palaces, country houses, government offices and churches, with extensive coverage of Wren and Vanbrugh, and of Campbell's own designs in the new English Palladian style.

Campbell's Vitruvius Britannicus remains an indispensable compilation of British domestic architecture of the 17th and 18th century. The first volume, appearing in the same year as Leoni's Palladio, was the earliest manifestation of the new Palladian revival - it was, in fact, Campbell who kindled the flames of Burlington's interest. The continuation of the series under Woolfe and Gandon (volumes. 4 & 5) belongs to a much later phase of the revival. The five volumes together illustrate the evolution of the English country house from the great palace to the smaller villa. Campbell's seminal text helped establish Palladian as the English national style and gave a unified façade to England's architectural landscape.

Colen Campbell (died 1729), was a Scottish architect who, in England, became one of the initiators of the Neo-Palladian movement. Campbell’s most important contribution to this revival of classicism in architecture was his publication of Vitruvius Britannicus.

Campbell’s major buildings were Wanstead House, Essex (1715–20, destroyed), which incorporated what Campbell claimed to be England’s first classical portico; the remodelling of Burlington House, London (c.1717) for his patron, Lord Burlington; and Mereworth Castle, Kent (1723). They derive from obvious Palladian precedents.

Through his writings and his executed buildings, Campbell’s influence on English architecture was paramount.

 

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