The British architect; or, the builder's treasury of staircases...

Author: Written and designed by Abraham Swan (British, active 1745–68)

Engraver: Edward Rooker (British, London 1711–1774 London)

Printer: Printed and sold by Thomas Meighan (London)

Printer: Printed and sold by W. Meadows (London)

Date: 1745

Medium: Illustrations: etching and engraving

Dimensions: 16 × 10 3/16 × 1 in. (40.7 × 25.8 × 2.5 cm)

Classifications: Books, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941

Accession Number: 41.100.30


Swan's British Architect was first published in 1745 and went through four English editions before 1775, when an American edition was published in Philadelphia. Its designs for homes for the professional and middle classes in England were well suited to the needs of the colonial elite.