Early 18th-Century Engraving, Lulworth Castle in Dorsetshire, The Seat of Humphry Weld

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Early 18th-Century Engraving, Lulworth Castle in Dorsetshire, The Seat of Humphry Weld

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This fascinating early 18th-century engraving depicts Lulworth Castle in Dorset. It formed part of Britannia Illustrata, a folio of important country estates, created in 1707-09 and updated in 1721. It’s a detailed topographical work from an unusual perspective.

Lulworth was built in the 17th century, originally as a hunting lodge for aristocracy and Royalty. It’s been the family seat of the Weld family since its acquisition by Humphrey Weld, a lawyer and member of the Royal household.

This view of Lulworth was engraved by Dutch draughtsman Jan Kip (1652/53-1722). For Britannia Illustrata, he worked closely with the artist Leonard Knyff (1650-1722), but intriguingly, the delineation of this work is credited to the lady of the house, Margaret Weld - so we can safely assume that she was directly involved in its production. One can imagine that she was particularly proud of the estate with its extensive gardens.

Framed and glazed.

Medium: Engraving on paper
Overall size: 32” x 25” / 81cm x 63cm
Year of creation: 1721
Condition: Creasing. Darkening. Minor tears. Frame with some wear.

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