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Vitruvius Brittanicus, Volume the Fourth. Being A Collection Of Plans, Elevations, and Perspective Views, Of` The Royal Palaces, Noblemen, and Gentlemens Seats, In Great Britain, Not Exhibited in any Collection of this nature hitherto published. Design'd By J. Badeslade and J. Rocque, &c. And Engraven by the Best Hands.

Thomas Badeslade

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed for, and Sold by John Wilcox in the Strand, George Foster at the White Horse in St Paul's Church Yard, and Henry Chappelle in Grosvenor Street., M.DCC.XXXIX.

Physical Description

12 p., [53] pl. (45 dble., 8 fold.); 545 mm. (Folio).

General Note

The 'Description Of The Plates' calls for 113 plates in [54] groups ...


[T.-p., dedic.] - A Description Of The Plates [in English and French] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Most plates are signed by draughtsmen and engravers. Draughtsmen include J. Rocque, Chatelain, T. Badeslade, I. Price, J. Willson, C. Holzendorf, B. Rocque, James Fish, Hen. Beigton, Jno. Setterington and G. Williamson. The engravers include Vivaret, Chatelain, J. Rocque, W.H. Toms, G. Vandergucht, H. Hulsbergh, Thos. Bowles, B. Rocque, I. Harris, D. Coster, R. Parr, E. Kirkall, P. Fourdrinier and Jas. Smith.

The work is dedicated by its three publishers to Frederick, Prince of Wales.


E. Harris and N. Savage, British architectural books (1990), no. 897; J. Archer, Literature of British domestic architecture (1985), no. 11.1.

J. Harris, The design of the English country house, 1620-1920 (1985).

Summary Note

The publication-date of 1739 is given on the title-page. Some plates carry earlier dates (1713, 1714, 1720, 1730, 1731, 1736, 1737, 1738, 1739). Badeslade's initial is erroneously given on the titlepage as 'J' rather than 'T'.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

Modern half calf, marbled paper boards; rebound in a larger folio format by Christopher Shaw in March 2013. Formerly bound in 19th-century half calf, brown cloth-covered boards, with morocco spine-label lettered 'Vitruvius Brittanicus Vol. 4'. With the folding plan of Chiswick (pl. 82/83, RA Inv. 07/4419) separately filed.


Architecture - Country houses - Great Britain - History
Plans - Elevations - Views - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Jean Baptiste Claude Chatelain, draughtsman, engraver
John Rocque, draughtsman, engraver
Price, draughtsman
T. Willson, draughtsman
Charles Holzendorf, draughtsman
Bartholomew Rocque, draughtsman, engraver
James Fish of Warwick, draughtsman
Henry Beigton, draughtsman
John Setterington, draughtsman
G. Williamson, draughtsman
Vivaret, engraver
William Henry Toms, engraver
Gerard van der Gucht, engraver
Henry Hulsbergh, engraver
John Harris the elder, engraver
Thomas Bowles, engraver
David Coster, engraver
R. Parr, engraver
Elisha Kirkall, engraver
Paul Fourdrinier, engraver
James Smith, engraver
John Wilcox, publisher
George Foster, publisher
Henry Chappelle, publisher

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