|Artist||Johannes Kip after H. Blundell|
|Published||[Joseph Smith, London, 1724]|
|Dimensions||Image 508 x 887 mm, Plate 550 x 898 mm|
An impressive large-scale prospect of the city of Bristol. Bristol Bridge is featured centrally, and various houses and churches are depicted along either side of the River Avon. The churches are numbered, with a key engraved below the image.
Although originally engraved in 1717, as is reflected by the date inscribed in the lower right corner, the prospect was not published until 1724, when it was featured in the fourth volume of Joseph Smith's 'Britannia Illustrata'.
Johannes 'Jan' Kip (1653 - 1722) was a Dutch draughtsman, engraver, and print dealer who was active in England, after producing works for the court of William of Orange in Amsterdam. Following the Glorious Revolution of 1688, Kip accompanied the Court to England and settled in Westminster, where he conducted a thriving print selling business from his house in St. John's Street. He also worked for various London publishers producing engravings, largely for book illustrations. His most important works were the execution of the illustrations for Britannia Illustrata, 1708; The Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire, 1712, and Le Nouveau Theatre de la Grande Bretagne, 1715.
The set of five volumes that comprised the 'Britannia Illustrata' is celebrated for its survey of the country house during the Augustinian age, as recorded in the series of plates engraved by Kip himself. This 'flourishing period of restoration, expansion and reconstruction of the seats of the English nobility was the immediate outcome of a great increase in mercantile prosperity.' Other engravers contributed to produce some outstanding plates that show the royal palaces, naval towns, cathedrals, the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge and large panoramic views of London, Westminster and Cambridge.
Condition: Vertical and horizontal folds as issued. Time toning to sheet.