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Delineations of Fonthill and its Abbey

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Date: 1823

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This work was published to coincide with the opening of Fonthill to the public following the announcement of the impending auction of its treasures by Christie's. This sale was never held, since the entire property was purchased from Beckford by John Farquhar. The text is arranged in the form of a visitor's guide to the house, 'Abbey' and surrounding parkland.

Aquatint engravings by Robert Havell & Son, Dean Wolstenholme, and John Cleghorn; after William Finley and Charles Ferdinand Porden. Line engravings by John Cleghorn, John Charles Varrall, Robert Havell, and Thomas Higham; after John Rutter, Charles Ferdinand Porden, George Cattermole, Stedman Whitwell, and John Martin. Wood engravings by W. Hughes; after A. Harrison, T. Higham, and John Rutter.

Added engraved title page (plate 8): An illustrated history and description of Fonthill Abbey.

Lithographed plan of Fonthill Domain by Benjamin Richard Baker; surveyed by S. Paull.

List of subscribers, p. [119]-127.

xxvi, 127, [1] pages, 13, [1] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 37 cm

Includes an unnumbered fourteenth plate, "South west view of Fonthill Abbey," not named in the list of embellishments.

References:

Abbey, J.R. Scenery, 418

Archer, J. British domestic architecture, 463.1

Holmes, M. Country house described, p. 104

British Architectural Library. Early printed books, 2881

Genealogical table "shewing the descent of William Beckford": p. [113-118].

Yale Center for British Art

List of Images

1. Title Page

2. Interior of St. Michael's Gallery

3. The Entrance Gateway and Lodge Near Fonthill Bishop

4. Plan of the Principal Story

5. A Groupe of the Rarest Articles of Virtu

6. Longitudinal Section

7. Section of the Grand Saloon Vestibules Nunneries

8. Interior of the Great Western Hill

9. The Grand Drawing Room

10. Interior of King Edward's Gallery

11. Specimens of the Ceilings

12. Corbel of the South Oriel Window

13. View of the West and North Front

14. View of the South Front

15. The Marble Fountain and Basin

16. A View of the Scenery of the American Plantations

17. View of the West and South Fronts

18. The Norwegian Hut

19. A Scene in the Alpine Gardens

20. The Boat House

21. Fonthill Gifford Church

22. High Park Lodge or Summer House

23. South-West View of Fonthill Abbey

24. The Remaining Wing or Pavillion

25. The Convent in Ruins

26. Ornament

Publication Information

Publisher: Shaftesbury : The Author ; London : C. Knight

Language(s):

English

Pages: 192

Contributor(s):

Getty Research Institute

ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-01-21

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