Johannes Kip after Leonard Knyff
Long Leate, the seat of the R.t Hon.ble Thomas Lord Weymouth, Baron of Warminster
19 x 13.5 inches
A copperplate engraving depicting Longleat House and gardens in Wiltshire. This plate was issued in Johannes Kip's monumental topographical work, Le Nouveau Theatre de la Grande Bretagne, in London in 1724.
The present Longleat House dates from around 1580 and is considered by many to be the finest example of Elizabethan architecture in the land. It was originally built for Sir John Thynne and has remained in the Thynne family ever since. By the time this drawing and print were done the house was in the hands of Thomas Thynne, the 1st Viscount Weymouth. The elaborate parterres that can be seen in the engraving are a harbinger for the series of mazes and labyrinths that Longleat has become synonymous with in the C21st.