A View of the Great Room &c. at Hall-Barn near Beckonsfield in Buckinghamshire a Seat of Edmund Waller Esqr. / A View of part of the Garden at Hall-Barn near Beckonsfield in Buckinghamshire, a Seat of Edmund Waller Esqr.

Method Copper engraving
Artist William Woollett
Published Printed for Carington Bowles in St Pauls Church Yard, John Bowles in Cornhil, Henry Parker in Cornhil, John Boydell in Cheapside, and Robert Sayer in Fleet Street [London, c.1760]
Dimensions Images ~505 x 330 mm, Plates 540 x 375 mm, Sheets ~410 x 565 mm
Notes Titles in French below: Veue de la grande Sale &c. a Hall-Barn dans la Comte de Bucks, appertanant a Edmund Waller Ecuyer / Vueu d'une Partie du Jardin a Hall-Barn, dans la Comte de Bucks, appertanant a Edmund Waller Ecuyer.

A pair of classic separately-published eighteenth-century engravings of the gardens at Hall-Barn, one of the seats of the seventeenth century poet and politician Edmund Waller (1624-1679), who had the house built towards the end of his life. In the first plate, a pair of grounds men use a large roller to smooth the extensive lawns near the rectangular lake, while a group of ladies promenade on a tree-lined avenue. In the distance, a summer house can be seen at the far end of the lake, and a flock of sheep graze in the meadow beyond. The chimneys of the House itself can just be seen above the line of trees. The second plate shows part of the garden, with walkers enjoying the paths through a wood. A pair of large classicizing urns stand on plinths at the end of a rectangular pond populated by ducks, and a pair of classical follies can be seen in the distance, at the end of another tree lined avenue, and at the foot of another rectangular pool.

William Woollett (15 August 1735 – 23 May 1785) was an English engraver born to a Dutch family in Maidstone, Kent. He was the most famous British engraver of his day, and was the secretary of the Incorporated Society of Artists between 1766 and 1773. In 1775, he was appointed engraver in ordinary to George III.

Fagan 37 iii/iv

Condition: Strong clean impressions with full margins. Minor time toning to first plate. Minor acid burn from old mount just within platemark of second plate.
Framing unmounted
Price £850.00
Stock ID 50788