South Front of Heath Lane Lodge, at Twickenham, the Residence of Isaac Swainson Esqr.[French translation below.]
[London] Publish'd March 25, 1801.
Etching and aquatint in sepia, watermarked wove paper, 235 x 310mm. 9¼ x 12¼". A fine impression, with full margins. Faint trace of offsetting from another plate.
View of a house in the Palladian style, the central building flanked by two wings with large doorways surmounted by rose windows. In 1788 Isaac Swainson took a lease of the Heath Lane Lodge estate. Most of the earlier mansion had been demolished by its owner the Hon. George Shirley in 1783. A new house was then built, to the design of the Scottish architect Robert Mitchell, or conceivably, by Swainson himself. The extensive land at Heath Lane Lodge enabled Swainson to realise the ambition to create a botanical garden, which was first laid out under the direction of Daniel Grimwood, nurseyman, of Kensington and later managed by Arthur Biggs. Numbered 'Plate 6' 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 Heath Lane Lodge, Twickenham, Middlesex.
See BL 56.i.12. Gascoigne & Ditchburn: 199. Collage: k1281076.
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