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PRINT BY: D Coster
AFTER/ARTIST: C Holzendorf
METHOD: Line engraving
IMAGE SIZE: 18.00 inches by 12.75 inches image area
NOTES: A fine, early, possibly quite important architectural print of this house, formerly called as on the print Stainborough House, now known as Wentworth Castle, to distinguish it from its huge neighbour, Wentworth Woodhouse. The House and the fine Park around it is due to undergo a substantial conservation programme.
The rather Baroque design is attributed to Jean de Bodt, whom the owner, Thomas Wentworth (first Lord Raby, then Earl of Strafford) met in Berlin. Pevsner says this attribution is unproved, but interesting evidence could be the Continental origins of the artist and printmaker for this view, especially as the print (probably that mentioned in Pevsner) is exactly contemporary with the build of the House.
The wonderful waterfall with dolphins in front should be noted, though whether this was built we do not know – it is not mentioned in Pevsner.
CONDITION: The image is very good, but the print has been trimmed within the platemark, a small corner is missing lower left which affects the title slightly, and there are two small tears to the top and small marks TR. The black line around the print is present, and the print has been professionally conserved and inlayed to provide a good margin.
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