Kinross.The House of Sr. John Bruce. Sr. Wm. Bruce himself Archt. 1685.
[Edinburgh?, n.d., c.1770.]
Copper engraving, image 295 x 450mm. 11½ x 17¾". Scuff to sky upper right.
The principal elevation of Kinross House, a late 17th-century country house overlooking Loch Leven, near Kinross in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. Construction of the house was begun in 1686, by the gentleman architect Sir William Bruce as his own home. It is regarded as one of his finest works, and was called by Daniel Defoe "the most beautiful and regular piece of Architecture in Scotland". The house, which is undoubtedly the most important early classical mansion north of the border, retains most of its original internal decoration. Plate 62 from 'Vitruvius Scoticus; being a collection of plans, elevations, and sections of public buildings, noblemen's and gentlemen's houses in Scotland: principally principally designs of the late William Adam, Esq. architect, mason and businessman'. In the 1720s Adam planned to publish a book of architectural drawings of Scottish houses, including his own work and that of others. His Vitruvius Scoticus was started and named in response to Colen Campbell's Vitruvius Britannicus. He commissioned some engravings during his 1727 trip to London, and had begun to collect subscriptions. Further engraving were completed in Edinburgh in the 1730s by Richard Cooper. The project then stalled, possibly due to the lack of subscriptions.
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