Staircase and Music Gallery, in the House of Selwood Park.[French translation to right.]
[London] Publish'd March 25, 1801.
Etching and aquatint in sepia, watermarked wove paper, 320 x 325mm. 12½ x 12¾". A fine impression, with full margins.
Interior view of an ornate gallery, a round glass sky-light above a space in which statues stand in niches, columns to either side; banister with lyre shaped railings. Numbered 'Plate 4' upper left. From architect Robert Mitchell's (1782 - 1809; fl.) folio 'Plans, and views in perspective, with descriptions of buildings erected in England and Scotland; and ... an essay to elucidate the Grecian, Roman and Gothic Architecture.' Mitchell designed Silwood Park, near Staines, Berkshire. In about 1788, Sir James Sibbald built a Georgian mansion on part of the present house and demolished the old "Eastmore"; he called it Selwood or Silwood Park. The name stems from the Old English for Sallow, which presumably grew then along the banks of the streams that flow through the Park. The house was, in its turn, demolished, and the present mansion was completed in 1878. During WWII it became a convalescent home for airmen; then in 1947 Imperial College purchased the house for entomological research and field studies.
See BL 56.i.12.
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