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- Series: Five sea havens published by Tooker
Plate 1: an Italianate coastal scene with a ruined temple in the right foreground
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Height: 120 millimetres
Width: 194 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Text from Antony Griffiths, 'The Print in Stuart Britain', BM 1998 cat.172)
In the late 1660s and early 1670s Place made a number of sets of landscape prints for publishers. Their nearest precursors in Britain were some sets by Hollar, but whereas Hollar's sets were usually topographical, Place's were invariably imaginary. As such they fit directly into a tradition of print publishing on the Continent, which divided into two main streams, the Italian/French and the Dutch. Both types are found in Place's work.
This is the first plate of a set of Italianate scenes, showing harbours on the Mediterranean coast. Only the first two plates survive (or at least have been identified, Hake 62,63). The publisher was Arthur Tooker, over against Salisbury House in the Strand, and his catalogue of 1675 lists three sets of views by Place. These almost certainly come from the book with 'five leaves of sea havens'. Tooker also listed a book with 'six leaves of round sea havens' (Hake 49-55) and of 'six leaves of landskip' (Hake 14-6). Tooker seems only to have been interested in publishing Places's Italianate sets.
The obvious source of inspiration, both in subject and format, are the sets published by the Perelle family in Paris in the middle decades of the century. Fragments of Place's own print collection survive in Arbroath, and include an album containing work by Israel Silvestre and Esaias van de Velde (Tyler p.37 n.5). Silvestre is the link between the Perelles and Stefano della Bella, who invented this type of landscape print.
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