The Beauties of Stow, or a Description of the Most Noble House, Gardens & Magnificent Buildings therein, of the Right Hon.ble Earl Temple, Viscount & Baron Cobham
Designed and engraved by George Bickham, Sr. (British, London 1684–1758 London)
8 x 5 3/16 x 13/16 in. (20.3 x 13.1 x 2 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1947
Not on view
Includes 2 folding plates, and 30 plates not numbered. Descriptive text pp. (1)- 40. A guide to the landscape gardens at Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Sir Richard Temple and his successor the first Viscount Cobham transformed the gardens here. William Kent and James Gibbs worked with Sir John Vanbrugh, and the landscape architect Charles Bridgeman to create a famous and much visited garden. In the 1740s "Capability" Brown, Cobham's head gardener, made additional modifications.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: 3rd flyleaf in ink, "Charlotte Smith, Aug. y e 25: 1756" and again "Smith". Below in ink "Mary Skidmore, No. 6 wych street Strand"