|Published||To the Right Worthy Sr. Ralph Radcliffe Kt. and other Gentlemen Inhabiters of ye Town, this Draught is humbly presd. by J. Drapentier [c.1700]|
|Dimensions||270 x 395 mm|
A late seventeenth century view of the town of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, engraved by Jan Drapentier for Henry Chauncy's The Historical Antiquities of Hertfordshire. The plan is centred on the Church of St Mary and the River Hiz (Hitch). Three figures survey the city a rise in the foreground, the title is enclosed in a ribbon, and an angel holds aloft a banner featuring a dedication to Sir Ralph Radcliffe.
Jan Drapentier (fl. 1674-1713) was a Dutch-born artist active in England primarily as a portrait engraver. It is unclear whether it is this Jan, or a son of the same name, who engraved a series of plates of English villages, towns, and antiquities for Chauncy's The Historical Antiquities of Hertfordshire.
Condition: Central vertical fold as issued. Some creasing, time toning, and minor tears to central fold. Chip to bottom right corner of sheet, not affecting image. Blank on verso.