Johannes Kip (Jan Kip) / Follower of – Hamstead Marshall

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Unsigned (late 18th/19th century). Fine pen work in black and brown ink and grey and brown wash on wove paper. Mounted. The engraving after Kip is included with the sale of the drawing, but is optional.


The drawing is very well executed; however on close observation it is clear that there are difference’s with the engraving after Kip, in detail and perspective.

The linked careers of Jan Kip and Leonard Knyff made a specialty of engraved views of English country houses, represented in detail from the bird’s-eye view, a pictorial convention for topography. Their major work was Britannia Illustrata: Or Views of Several of the Queens Palaces, as Also of the Principal seats of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain, Curiously Engraven on 80 Copper Plates, London (1707, published in the winter of 1708 – 09). The volume is among the most important English topographical publications of the 18th century. Architecture is rendered with care, and the settings of parterres and radiating avenues driven through woods or planted across fields, garden paths gates and toolsheds are illustrated in detail, and staffed with figures and horses, coaches pulling into forecourts, water-craft on rivers, in line with the traditions of the Low Countries. Some of the plates are in the Siennese “map perspective”.

Hamstead Marshall manor house was one of the Seats of the Rt. honble William Lord Craven Barren Craven of Hamstead Marshall in the County of Bercks. The house was constructed in 1663 and destroyed by a fire in 1718.

The fascinating history of Hamstead Marshall can be read in the book, ‘Craven Country’, by Penelope Stokes.

Additional information


10 1/16 in x 16 3/4 in. Engraving (no mount) Plate Size: (35 x 48cm)

Frame or Mount

16 3/4 in x 23 1/4 in. (42.7 cm x 59.1 cm.)


Kip, Johannes, /Jan Kip (Dutch / 1653-1722)

Johannes Kip was a draughtsman and engraver, who worked first in his native Amsterdam before moving to London at the end of the seventeenth century. He did portraits, views, and book illustrations. His most important work was this lovely and informative series of bird's-eye views of English country seats. Kip originally collaborated on this project with a fellow Dutch artist, Leonard Knyff, Knyff doing the drawings and Kip the etchings. But as the project developed, Kip created his own drawings as well as doing the etchings.