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Etching with engraving - Plate 26, Chimneypiece to Hall, Houghton Hall, Norfolk
  • Plate 26, Chimneypiece to Hall, Houghton Hall, Norfolk
    Ware, Isaac
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Plate 26, Chimneypiece to Hall, Houghton Hall, Norfolk

  • Object:

    Etching with engraving

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1735 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ware, Isaac (draughtsman (artist))
    Ware, Isaac (publisher)
    Kent, William (designer)
    Fourdrinier, Paul, born 1720 - died 1758 (printmaker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and engraving, ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    13095

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 54, case WE

Object Type
This print by Paul Fourdrinier combines two printmaking techniques - etching and engraving. Both involved creating a pattern of grooves to hold ink in a metal printing plate. The image on the printing plate was the reverse of the final image. The etched lines were made using acid, while the engraved lines were scored by means of a sharp tool called a burin. The grooves were then filled with ink and the image was transferred onto a blank sheet of paper.

Place
Houghton Hall is a magnificent country house in Norfolk. It was built by Sir Robert Walpole, the Prime Minister, in the 1720s and early 1730s. The bust on the mantelpiece is a portrait of Walpole.

Subjects Depicted
What appears to be a painting over the mantelpiece is in fact a sculpted relief depicting a Sacrifice to Diana. Diana was the classical goddess of hunting, recognisable by the crescent moon on her head.

Use
Isaac Ware's book on Houghton Hall was published only a few years after the house was finished. It was a forerunner of the magazines available today, featuring the homes of the rich and famous.

Physical description

Print

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

1735 (made)

Artist/maker

Ware, Isaac (draughtsman (artist))
Ware, Isaac (publisher)
Kent, William (designer)
Fourdrinier, Paul, born 1720 - died 1758 (printmaker)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and engraving, ink on paper

Dimensions

Height: 39.5 cm paper, Width: 26.6 cm paper

Object history note

Plate 26 of Isaac Ware, 'The Plans, Elevations and Sections; Chimney-pieces and Cielings[sic] of Houghton in Norfolk'Designed by William Kent (born in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, 1685, died in London, 1748); drawn and published in London by Isaac Ware (born in 1704, died in London, 1766); etched by Paul Fourdrinier (active 1720-1758)

Descriptive line

Engraving of a chimneypiece to Hall, Houghton Hall, Norfolk, designed by William Kent, drawn and published in London by Isaac Ware, 1735, etched by Paul Fourdrinier

Labels and date

British Galleries:
William Kent's great stone chimney-piece in the hall at Houghton was made by the sculptor John Michael Rysbrack (1684-1770) in 1725. Prints recording important Palladian architecture encouraged the spread of the style and its symmetrical, architectural forms were used as much for designs of interiors, as for exteriors. [27/03/2003]

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Etching; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Fireplaces

Categories

Prints; Architectural fittings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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