The Natural History of Wiltshire eBook

John Aubrey
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Knighton Wood, the Earle of Pembroke’s, is an exceeding pleasant place, both for the variety of high wood and lawnes, as well as deer, as also the prospect over the New Forest to the sea, and the whole length of the Isle of Wight It is a desk-like elevation, and faces the south, and in my conceit it would be the noblest situation for a grand building that this countrey doth afford.


        Draughtsof the seates and prospects.

[I have thought it desirable to print the concluding Chapter of Aubrey’s work verbatim.  It is merely a list of remarkable buildings and views, which he wished to be drawn and engraved, for the illustration of his work.  The names attached to each subject are those of persons whom he thought likely to incur the expence of the plates, for publication; and his own name being affixed to two of them shews that he was willing to contribute.  It is impossible not to concur in his closing observations on this subject, or to avoid an expression of regret that he was not enabled to publish such a “glorious volume” of engravings as would have been formed by those here enumerated. - J. B.]

        Mywish. — An appendix
        “Multorum manibus grande levatur onus."-Ovid.

        Adviceto the painter or graver.

1.  Our Ladies Church at Salisbury; the view without, and in perspective within:  and a mappe of the city. — Bishop Ward.  And of Old Sarum from Harnham hill. — (Sir Hugh Speke gave to the Monasticon Angliæ the prospect of Salisbury Church, excellently well done by Mr. Hollar.  Quaere, who hath the plate?  I doe believe, my Lady Speke.)

2.  Prospect of Malmesbury Abbey; and also (3) of the Town, and (4) a Mappe of the Town. — Mr. Wharton, &c.- Sir James Long. (Take the true latitude and longitude of Malmesbury.)

5.  And also King Athelston’s tombe. [See ante, p. 116.]

6.  Prospect of the borough of Chippenham. — Duke of Somerset.

7.  The Castle at Marleborough, and the prospect of the

8.  Town. — D. of Somerset.

9.  The Ruines of Lurgershall Castle. — Sir George Brown.

10.  Bradstock Priorie. — James, Earle of Abingdon.

11.  Wardour Castle. — The Lord Arundel of Wardour.

12.  Lacock Abbey. — Sir Jo.  Talbot.

13.  Priory St. Maries, juxta Kington St. Michael.

14.  Ivy Church.

15.  Sturton House. — The Lord Sturton.

16.  Wilton House, and (17) Garden:  sc. from the House and from Rowlingdon Parke.  The garden was heretofore drawn by Mr. Solomon de Caus, the architect, that was the surveyor of it, and engraved [ante, p. 86]; but the plates were burnt in the Fire of London. — E. of Pembrok

18.  Longleate House and Garden. — I have seen a print of the house:  it was engraved after Mr. Dankertz’ painting.  Quære, Mr. Thompson, the printseller, for it?  Perhaps he hath the plates. — Lord Weymouth.  (Desire Mr. Beech, the Lord Weymouth’s steward, to enquire what is become of the copper plate that was engraved after Mr. Dankertz’ painting of this house; also enquire of Mr. Rose, my Lord’s surveyor, for it).

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