|Artist||Tobias Martin Miller|
|Published||James Paine Archt. T. Miller Sculp. [London, 1767-1783]|
|Dimensions||Image 195 x 570 mm, Plate 245 x 600 mm, Sheet 565 x 720 mm|
A finely engraved architectural view of the principal front of Cowick Hall, Yorkshire, from James Paine's Plans, elevations and sections of Noblemen and Gentlemen's Houses. The Hall was built in the late 1600s in Baroque style for John Dawnay, 1st Viscount Downe, but was remodelled in the 1750s by Paine, who proposed a pair of Italianate wings be added to the main house, as well as classicising elements to the roofline including figural sculpture, urns, and a balustrade.
Paine's Plans, elevations and sections of Noblemen and Gentlemen's Houses was published in two volumes, in 1767 and 1783. Fully illustrated with over 70 plates, the books provided detailed large scale architectural patterns of his most significant architectural projects. In style the plans closely resemble their popular predecessors from Campbell, Woolfe, and Gandon's Vitruvius Britannicus, providing architectural enthusiasts with a further canon of Palladian designs, including interior cutaways and details of bridges, follies, temples, and other subsidary buildings in addition to the elevations of stately homes.
Tobias Martin Miller, born Müller, (fl.1753-1804) was a German-born engraver who moved to England in the 1740s with his brother Johann Sebastian Müller, who was also a prolific engraver. Tobias Miller predominantly engraved architectural plates, contributing to most of the important architectural works of the late eighteenth century.
James Paine (1717-1789) was a British architect, and one of the leading lights of the Palladian style during the Georgian era. Paine's architectural output suffered in his later years owing to the changing taste for neoclassical designs fostered by the Adam brothers, so his attention was redirected to the publishing of two volumes of architectural engravings showcasing his various commissions.
Condition: Central vertical fold, as issued. Minor time toning to sheet, particularly central fold. Vertical creases to right margin of sheet.