This coastal view of Scarborough in North Yorkshire includes the castle in the distance and the town below. In the left foreground, several people are gathered on the beach. Landscapes by the printmaker Francis Place are noted for their accurate detail of specific places, combined with an imaginary idealism. The original watercolour on which this print is based was sold through the fine art auctioneer Boulton and Cooper Fine Arts, based in North Yorkshire, in 2009.
Johannes Kip, an engraver, draughtsman and dealer, was born in Amsterdam in 1653 but later worked in Britain. He was associated with the court of William of Orange and moved to London shortly after William landed in England with his forces in 1688 to claim the English crown. Kip produced a large body of work for British publishers, ‘Britannia Illustrata’ being one of his most important projects.
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