Stowe Gardens in Buckinghamshire, laid out by Mr Bridgeman, delineated in a large plan, and fifteen perspective views. Drawn on the spot by Mons. Rigaud, now reprinted. To which is added an account of the original publication and descriptive notes to each view by George B. Clarke.
(London, 1746), London, BW Publications, 1987, pp. [v, vi], 16 engraved plates (4 double-page), large folio (445 x 620 mm), uncut, marbled boards with gilt calf spine, marbled slip-case. Edition limited to 575 numbered and lettered copies of which this is number 197. Illustrated prospectus enclosed. Fine copy of this beautiful facsimile edition.
€ 1.100The plates are facsimiles of those printed in 1739 for Sarah Bridgeman, the widow of Charles Bridgeman. After her death the remaining stock of engraved plates was bought up by a group of four print sellers who added the title-page (in English and French with captions to the plates) dated 1746: Stowe Gardens in Buckinghamshire, belonging to the right honourable the Lord Viscount Cobham; laid out by Mr Bridgman [sic.], principal gardener to their Majesties King George I and II. Delineated in a large plan, and fifteen perspective views. Drawn on the spot by Mons. Rigaud, and engraved by him and Mons. Bernard Baron. … This facsimile edition has a new title-page, colofon, list of subscribers, an account of the original publication and descriptive notes to each of the plates by George B. Clarke [pp. 6 with plan].
“… The most magnificent of these private estates was Stowe, seat of Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham, and the most celebrated English landscape of the day. … Numerous poems and guidebooks attest to Stowe’s glories, and in 1733-4 Bridgeman commissioned Rigaud and Baron to prepare their sumptuous set of views of Stowe which (with a plan) were published by Sarah Bridgeman, the year after her husband’s death” (Jellicoe).
* Springer p. 53; Jellicoe pp. 72-74.