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Johannes Kip


Johannes "Jan" Kip was a Dutch engraver, born in Amsterdam. He settled in London in the late 1680s where he produced his most famous work "Britannia Illustrata", first published in 1707. The single volume contained 80 topographical engravings of London and the English countryside. It was republished in two volumes between 1708-1713 under the French title "Nouveau Theatre de la Grande Bretagne" and was updated and sold in four volumes during the early 1720s by publisher Joseph Smith. The series is considered one of the most important 18th century English topographical works as it meticulously documented buildings, gardens and other such features lost to the march of time.