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[An early plan of St James's Park]

image of Le Palais et Park de St James. St James Palace and Park.


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KNYFF, Leonard.
Le Palais et Park de St James. St James Palace and Park. London, 1707. Coloured. 350 x 485mm.
A plan of St James's Park as laid out by André Mollet, gardener-in-chief of the park for Charles II after the Restoration in 1660. It shows the park before the canal was widened to make to look more natural and the east end was filled to build Horse Guards Parade. In the west Buckingham House has yet to be built (1703). This plate was engraved by John Kip after the transcription of Leonard Knyff (1650-1722), a Dutch landscape painter. The view was published in ''Britannia Illustrata: Or Views of Several of the Queens Palaces, as Also of the Principal seats of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain, Curiously Engraven on 80 Copper Plates'', published the year that Queen Anne signed the Act of Union that created Great Britain.
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