Somerset House.La Maison de Somerset.
Printed & sold by J. Smith at ye Sign of Exeter Change in ye Strand [n.d., c.1725].
Engraving and etching, 355 x 490mm. 14 x 19¼". Filled worm holes, laid on conservation backing.
Bird's eye view of Somerset House and its garden and fountain from the Thames. The house-boat in the foreground is the notorious 'Folly'. This print was published in vol. I of Mortier/Smith's 'Nouveau Théâtre de la Grande Bretagne' between 1724 and 1729; it was plate 6 in Smith's editions, but plate 4 in Mortier's. Numbered '4' bottom right.
[Ref: 8723] £240.00