Ombersley Court, the Seat of Lord SandysTo whom this Plate, (engraved at his Expence,) is Dedicated by his most obedient & obliged humble Servant, T.N.
Etching with aquatint, printed in brown, with large margins. 240 x 320mm, 9˝ x 12˝".
Thuis print is listed in Valentine Green's 1780 catalogue, no. 60, as a private plate. The British Museum Print Collection's curator writes that it was 'Possibly connected to Treadway Nash's 'An exact representation of Domesday, so far as relates to Worcestershire...'. Ombersley is a grade I listed house. In 1743 when the former Chancellor of the Exchequer Samuel Sandys was made Lord Sandys, Baron of Ombersley, in the County of Worcester. This title became extinct on the death of his son Edwin, the second Baron, in 1797. Doctor Johnson visited Ombersley in 1774 when he stayed with Lord Sandys at Ombersley Court. He said: “We were treated with great civility.” Later, a friend of Dr Johnson’s, the Italian musician Gabriele Piozzi, wrote that he had heard Dr Johnson protest that he never had quite so much as he wished of wall fruit except once in his life “when we were all together at Ombersley”.
Whitman: 320; BM: reg. 2010,7081.2571.
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