Kips Views Great Britain. Original antique engravings from 1708. Johanne Kip, architect, illustrated the Kips British landscapes & seats of 18th Century Noblemen.
Kips Views Great Britain: Watercolor Engravings from 1708-1715
Johannes Kips illustrations depict the enormous elaborate properties called seats of noblemen and clergy of Great Britain during the 18th Century. The seats were often used as hunting grounds of 18th Century Noblemen. Kips views of Great Britain feature intricate details of the finest homes in Great Britain. Ribbons and coats of arms add to the decorative nature of the British landscapes, scenes. Kips perspectives on Great Britain are highly regarded in the rare print world as well as the design community mostly because the perspectives are particularly stunning. Fortunately the copper plate engravings by Kip were incredibly detailed for the time. The scenes of manor homes of nobility around Great Britain were the first of their kind.
The Kips British landscapes were delineated and engraved by Dutchman Johannes Kip and date to 1708. The water colors have been professionally added to perfection. Each piece measures 15×18″ and are priced at $550. each. Click here to contact us or call to place your order at 413-245-4197.
Eighteenth Century Kips Views: British Landscape Gardens with Manor Homes
It was a laborious craft of all those involved in producing something like these 18th Century Kips Views Great Britain. First for all the craftsmen involved, someone had to sell the commission. A publisher had to “win” the work for his firm. He had to win the job, and it came only through experience of publishing magnificent books and elaborate magazines.
Next the illustrations had to be meticulously drawn, with the best accuracy. The drawings of Kips scenes of Britain would be transferred onto a copper plate and engraved with burins. Paper was hard to acquire, and the engraver would have to re engrave another plate after just 300 strikes. Water colorists would die at young ages, due to licking tips of their paint brushes.
Our stunning Kips British landscapes exist in super condition mostly due to the high quality of the rag paper that was used in in the early 1700’s. Paper was made of rag right up through the turn of the 20th Century. Coming from linen, flax, etc, NOT TREES, there was no acid in the paper. Very expensive to acquire, inconsistent, etc. TODAY Paper is made from trees, and was during the 20th Century, and throughout the 1900’s which is highly acidic and does not last for long.
Intaglio printing for 18th Century art work required cutting into metal.
In the intaglio printing process, the lines to be printed are cut into a wood or metal plate either being copperplate, steel, zinc or brass. The cutting tool is called a burin. The process is called engraving. Corrosive action using acid is the process known as etching. An example of etching is where the plate is covered in an resin ground or an acid resistant wax material. The burin cuts through this material revealing the plate underneath, and then the plate is dipped into acid and the acid burns into the plate that was exposed.
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