Survey & Plans of Woolley Manor in the County of Somerset, the Property of Miss Eliz: Gunning.
7 estate plans, 2 figurative vignettes, 1 elaborate frontispiece and 1 view of Woolley church in pen and ink and watercolour separated by blank leaves, in original card wrapper and complete as index. Sheet size 233 x 200mm. Binding extremely worn and chipped, with tatty extremities. Leaves partially disbound.
A set of high quality manuscript surveys, far more decorative than is standard on maps of estates. Each map shows a unique compass point design and corresponds to an index on facing page with elegant calligraphic title within a cartouche in ink and watercolour. 2 leaves with classical female figures in ovals mark the beginning and end of the volume. These and the vignette view of the local church further demonstrate the high degree of draughtsmanship and skill of the artist, Isaac Johnson. Johnson [1754 - 1835], a Suffolk man through and through, practised as a surveyor in Woodbridge for 50 years and he produced detailed maps of many estates throughout East Anglia. He was also a gifted artist, copyist and antiquarian draughtsman. This survey he copied from an earlier work by a John Hinde, perhaps at the request of a Reverend Gunning of Sutton in Suffolk who it is known ordered drawings of Gretna Green and 'Cupids from Cipriani', and may have been a relation of the Elizabeth Gunning who owned Woolley Manor. Includes 4 loose sheets of ephemera relating to the Poulett family, including 2 birth certificates, an engraved genealogical chart and an 1851 certificate of induction of one William Henry Poullett into the 'Grand Lodge of Ireland'. The Pouletts were an ancient Somerset family who it can be reasonably assumed resided at Woolley Manor during the 19th century.
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