|Artist||Johannes Kip after George Freman|
|Published||[London: Printed for Jeremiah Bright in Friday Street, James Brooks and John Stuart on London Bridge and James Holland at the Bible and Bell in St. Paul's Church Yard.] c.1712|
|Dimensions||Image 320 x 200 mm, Plate 325 x 210 mm, Sheet 440 x 265 mm|
Plate 3 showing the Garden of Eden scene from 'The History of the Old and New Testament, Extracted from the Sacred Scriptures, The Holy Fathers, and other Ecclesiastical Writers'. The scene shows Adam and Eve stood either side of the forbidden fruit tree, the snake entwined around the lower branches. Eve is holding the fruit in her left hand whilst staring into the eyes of the snake. Adam points to the sky with his right hand. They are surrounded by many animals including, a lion, goat, rabbit, lizard and a unicorn to the left of Adam. A monkey is also seen beside Adam eating a piece of the forbidden fruit. Above the tree two winged putti are holding aloft a banner which bears the inscription:
To Her Sacred Majesty
Katharine Queen Dowager of England & Ei.
This Plate in all humility is most humbly
dedicated by yo. Majestys most
obedient Servant Richard Blome.
On the verso is Plate 4, a scene showing of 'The Punishment of Adam'.
Johannes Kip (1653-1722) was a draughtsman and engraver, beginning his career in his native Amsterdam before moving to London at the end of the seventeenth century. He produced portraits, topographical views, and book illustrations, with his most important work being a series of attractive and informative bird's-eye views of English country seats. Kip originally collaborated on this project with fellow Dutch artist, Leonard Knyff, with Knyff creating the drawings, and Kip the etchings. As the project developed, however, Kip created his own drawings and etchings.
Condition: Some minor spots of foxing to margin.