c1730 A Prospect of Harwich Copper Print by Kip Taylor & Hulton


A fine early 18th century Copper plate engraving entitled ‘A Prospect of the Towne & Harbour of HARWICH’ produced by Thomas Taylor and Robert Hulton, in 1730, and based on the earlier Dutch work by Johannes Kip (engraver), Isaac Sailmaker (delineator) and Hendrik Hulesbergh (colourer), c1720.

It shows a panoramic bird’s eye view, with the port, fortifications and ships in the estuary. The bottom legend of the picture reads: ‘A Prospect of the Towne & Harbour of HARWICH. Humbly Dedicated to the Right Hon. Henry Lord Viscount Bullingbrook one of her Maj. Principall Secretaries of State Lord Lieutenant of ye County of Efsex & Recorder of ye Towne of Harwich’. Below that is a list of the main areas of note, which are marked on the plan as letters of the alphabet.

The engraving is in very good condition, and has been tastefully mounted, framed and glazed. The top side rear bit of the frame has lost a little bit of the veneer, but is not noticeable when hung on the wall.

Size image: 57.5 x 48.5 cm (22 5/8 x 19 1/8 inches)
Size frame: 78.5 x 70.5 x 3 cm (30 ½ x 27 ¾ x 1 3/16 inches)
Weight: 4790 g