|Tobias Martin Miller
|James Paine Archt. T. Miller Sculp. [London, 1767-1783]
|Image 215 x 310 mm, Plate 240 x 380 mm, Sheet 360 x 570 mm
A finely engraved architectural cutaway showing the interior of Gosforth House, Northumberland, from James Paine's Plans, elevations and sections of Noblemen and Gentlemen's Houses. Now known as Brandling House after the family for which it was built, the House was constructed between 1755 and 1764 to a design by James Paine. Much of the original park is now a racecourse, and the interior of the House was badly damaged in 1914 by a fire allegedly started by suffragettes.
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: Printers' creases to bottom margin, not affecting plate