This detailed view of Beaufort House in Chelsea portrays the gabled house, built in 1521, and its extensive formal gardens. Part of a large folio publication of the principal seats of the nobility in England, the <em>Britannia Illustrata</em>, it portrays a structure that was once the home of Sir Thomas More and that was demolished in 1740. The two Dutch artists who collaborated on this and the other topographical views in the volume, both resident in England, were exacting in their depictions of the architecture and gardens, providing valuable insight to the land and buildings of the time.

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  • Title: Beaufort House, Chelsea
  • Creator: Johannes Kip (Dutch, 1653-1722), Leendert Knijff (Dutch, 1650-1721)
  • Date Created: 1707–9
  • Physical Dimensions: Platemark: 35.9 x 49.4 cm (14 1/8 x 19 7/16 in.); Sheet: 54.3 x 64.8 cm (21 3/8 x 25 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: (Vixseboxse Art Galleries, Inc., Cleveland Heights, OH), Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Keithley, Cleveland, OH, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2020.163
  • Medium: etching and engraving, hand colored
  • Series: Britannia Illustrata
  • Inscriptions: In pencil, recto, lower left: "Double page illustration In/Old London [illegible] by Gladys Taylor"
  • Fun Fact: The house and gardens portrayed in this hand-colored engraving were destroyed in 1740.
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: Netherlands
  • Credit Line: Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift
  • Collection: Prints
  • Accession Number: 2020.163

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