Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 54

The Plans, Elevations, And Sections; Chimney-Pieces, and Cielings [sic] of Houghton in Norfolk. The Seat of the Rt. Honourable Sr. Robert Walpole ...

Etching With Engraving
1735 (first published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleThe Plans, Elevations and Sections, Chimney-pieces and Cielings [sic] of Houghton in Norfolk (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Etching and engraving, ink on paper
Brief Description
William Kent (after), plate 26 from 'The Plans, Elevations, And Sections; Chimney-Pieces, and Cielings [sic] of Houghton in Norfolk. The Seat of the Rt. Honourable Sr. Robert Walpole ...', London 1735.
Physical Description
Print
Dimensions
  • Paper height: 39.5cm
  • Paper width: 26.6cm
Gallery Label
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)
Object history
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)
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
(Berlin I) Berlin Staatliche Museen, Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin, Berlin and Leipzig, 1936-39, 2331.
Collection
Accession Number
13095

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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