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Title: A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in Great Britain and Ireland
Description: William Mckenzie 1880 Six Volumes. . A very nice set of this remarkable work of colour printing . The 240 plates each showing a large country house or caslle , were printed by Benjamin Fawcett using the Baxter method. from watercolours by A.F Lydon.. Although the quality of the drawings varies , Ruari McLean declared , "the best plates are superb and of great charm and beauty " and another commentator on Fawcett's work says "his ink-tones are so subtle they have the appearance of watercolours" . The series was originally published in parts by subscription over a number of years until finally published in this form in l880 Apart from its significance as an outstanding work of colour prnting it was also a monument to Victorian social values. Each picture is accompaied by a short text - giving some of the history of the house but sometimes no more than a list of titles of the owners. The work has an air of nouveu-riche repectablilty which presumably appealed to the original subscribers. Exton Hall in Rutland, for example, is described as " a large Ellizabnethan Mansion built at various periods since l811 but as time went on, building after building was added and then in l851/2 ...it was considerably enlarged at the cost of several thousand pounds". This great modern Victorian house had forty bedrooms. The set is bound in elaborately decorated cloth with gilt and blind-stamped decorations. In this set vol III is slightly worn att he top of the spineand vol V at the foot. and has one plate loose.. Two plates have a damp mark in the corner of the margin . The title page and preliminary leavesof Vol II are lightly foxed but overall the set is remakably bright and the plates themselves almost completety free of any spots even in the margins (As there are six volumes additional postage will be due).

Keywords: Architecture, Baxter Prints,

Price: GBP 335.00 = appr. US$ 478.37 Seller: David Batterham Books
- Book number: 6495