2 engravings, each 26.6 x 20 cm
William Kent (c. 1685 – 12 April 1748) was an eminent English architect, landscape architect, painter and furniture designer of the early 18th century. He began his career as a painter, and became Principal Painter in Ordinary or court painter, but his real talent was for design in various media.
Kent introduced the Palladian style of architecture into England with the villa at Chiswick House, and also originated the 'natural' style of gardening known as the English landscape garden at Chiswick, Stowe House in Buckinghamshire, and Rousham House in Oxfordshire. As a landscape gardener he revolutionised the layout of estates, but had limited knowledge of horticulture.
Good condition. Recent hand colour. Minor age toning.
The son of a master silk weaver in Moorfields, London, Watts was born early in 1752. He received his art training from Paul Sandby and Edward Rooker, and on Rooker's death in 1774 continued the Copper-plate Magazine.
Watts published a number of engravings of country seats after Sandby. His own Seats of the Nobility and Gentry, a series of 84 plates, followed in 1779–86. His views of the principal buildings in Bath and Bristol, prepared around 1790, were not published until 1819. Thirty-six Views in Scotland appeared in two parts (1791–4).
Watts also engraved three of the plates in Select Views in London and Westminster (1800), and sixty-five coloured plates, from drawings by Luigi Mayer, for Sir Robert Ainslie's Views in Turkey in Europe and Asia (1801).
- Lot of 2 hand coloured engravings William Watts (1752-1851) after John Kent (1685-1748) & Carter
- Title of artwork
- 2 fine architecture engravings in the Georgian Style
- Engraving, Watercolour
- Plate signed
- Good condition
- Total dimensions
- 26.6×20×0 cm