|Artist||Henry Hulsbergh after Colen Campbell|
|Dimensions||Each plate 248 x 374 mm, each sheet 276 x 440 mm|
From Colen Campbell's Vitruvius Britannicus or, the British Architect. Containing the Plans, Elevations, and Sections of the most Regular Buildings both Publick & Private in Great Britain, published in three volumes between 1715 and 1725.
A set of three plates illustrating the plans of Blenheim Palace.
Colen Campbell (1676-1729) was a Scottish architect and architectural writer. He is credited as a founder of the Georgian style. He is best known for writing Vitruvius Britannicus, which was published in three volumes between 1715 and 1725. (Further volumes were published by Woolfe and Gandon between 1767 and 1771). Vitruvius Britannicus was the first major English architectural work since John Shute's Elizabethan First Groundes. It contained engravings of English buildings by Campbell himself, Inigo Jones, Sir Christopher Wren, and other prominent architects of the era. The success of the volumes was instrumental in popularising neo-Palladian Architecture in Great Britain and America during the eighteenth century.
Henry Hulsberg (d. 1729) was a Dutch engraver. Born in Amsterdam, he worked in Paris, where he engraved The Sacrifice of Jephthah after Antoine Coypel, dedicated to M. Colbert. He moved to England in the early eighteenth-century, where he mainly worked on architectural compositions for Campbell's Vitruvius Britannicus, Kip's Britannia Illustrata, and Sir Christopher Wren's Designs for St. Paul's Cathedral. He also engraved portraits including one of G. A. Ruperti, pastor of the Dutch Church in London in 1709. Hulsberg was warden of the Lutheran Church in the Savoy, and was supported by the congregation during two years of illness and incapacity for work. He died in 1729 of a paralytic fit, and was buried in the Savoy.
Condition: Some faint foxing and discolouration to sheets. Damp stain and tear to left margin of 'General Plan of Blenheim', but not effecting image.