The Seats of the Nobility and Gentry, in a Collection of the most interesting & Picturesque views, Engraved by W. Watts From Drawings by the most eminent Artists. With descriptions of each View.

William Watts

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London: Published by W. Watts, Kemp's Row, Chelsea, January 1st 1779 [- May 20th 1786]

Physical Description

4, [170] p., 85 plates: illus.; 200 x 270 mm.

General Note

The plates are dated between 1779 and 1786. The title page is engraved and has been included in the number of plates. Issued in parts. The second leaf as bound in this volume contains an index page, and a page of errata. With a list of subscribers bound at the end.

All the plates are engraved by William Watts, after paintings by William Tomkins, Richard Wilson RA, George Barret RA, John Inigo Richards RA, C. Metz, William Hodges RA, Mr Stewart, and Michael Angelo Rooker ARA; and after drawings by William Watts himself, and Thomas Malton the younger, Paul Sandby RA, John Claude Nattes, William Beilby, T. Chubbard 'of Liverpool', Thomas Hearne, Mr. Feary, A. Callander, the Rt Hon. Lord Viscount Duncannon, Samuel Stringer, G. Robertson, Humphry Repton, William Beilby 'of Battersea', the Hon. Charles George Perceval, the Hon. James Luttrell, Arthur Devis, J.A. Gresse, Mr Brooks, Thomas Sandby RA, W. Donn and John Carter.


ESTC, T145838


The front pastedown carries an armorial bookplate with 'Scandit Sublimis Virtus' 'Denis Lindsay Corkery'. In the upper right-hand corner of the recto of a front loose end paper is inscribed in ink 'Wilfred Ashley' with an added note in pencil in another hand '[Created Lord Mount Temple. Minister of Transport 1924-1929]'. In the centre of the same end paper is inscribed in ink 'Denis Corkery - 12th October 1954.'

Binding Note

Spine lettered in gilt lettering 'Views Seats Nobility Gentry' and 'Watts'.


Nobility - Homes and haunts - Great Britain - Pictorial works
Gentry - Homes and haunts - Great Britain - Pictorial works


William Watts, engraver, draughtsman, publisher
George Barret RA, source artist
William Hodges RA, source artist
John Inigo Richards RA, source artist
Richard Wilson RA, source artist
William Tomkins ARA, source artist
Conrad Martin Metz, source artist
Michael Angelo Rooker ARA, source artist
Thomas Malton the younger, draughtsman
Paul Sandby RA, draughtsman
Thomas Sandby RA, draughtsman
Jean Claude Nattes, draughtsman
Thomas Hearne, draughtsman
Frederick Ponsonby, 3rd Earl of Bessborough, draughtsman
Humphry Repton, draughtsman
John Alexander Gresse, draughtsman
The Hon. James Luttrell, draughtsman
John Carter, draughtsman
Adam Callander, draughtsman
Thomas Chubbard, draughtsman
William Beilby, draughtsman
Samuel Stringer, draughtsman
Arthur Devis, draughtsman

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