"to deserve to be in any collection of engravings of gentlemen's seats in the kingdom"

 There was significant interest in architectural engravings during the 18th century. Between 1715 and 1725, the Scottish architect Colen Campbell produced the three volumes known as Vitruvius Britannicus, or the British Architect, and this was followed up by two additional volumes with the same title by James Gandon and John Woolfe in 1769 and 1771.


Houghton Hall, Norfolk from 'Vitruvius Britannicus' (1725)
Public DomainHoughton Hall, Norfolk from 'Vitruvius Britannicus' (1725) - Credit: Colen Campbell