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[Bookplate for Philip Southcote]
[Bookplate for Philip Southcote]
Title[Bookplate for Philip Southcote]
Date Created[between 1700 and 1799]
Sort Date1799
DescriptionIn black ink, this bookplate consists of an elaborately bordered escutcheon, argent (silver), charged with a chevron, argent, three ducks, two over one and dexter, and an annulet at the precise middle chief. The annulet symbolizes the fifth son. The escutcheon is crested by a dexter closed helmet. Atop the helmet is a curved wreath and another duck, dexter. From either side of the crest flows elaborate mantling.
Extent1 bookplate : burin engraving ; 8.2 x 10.4 cm
Subject - GeographicEngland
Personal NamesSouthcote, Philip
TypeStill Image
NotesAccording to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Philip Southcote (1697/8-1758) was an English landscape gardener. Southcote was the son of Edward Southcote, the head of an influential Roman Catholic family of the time. He attended the University of Lorraine (probably located at Pont-à-Mousson) in France and returned to England in 1723. In 1729, Southcote went to Italy with his patron, thought to have been the eighth duke of Norfolk. Returning to England in 1930, he renewed a previous relationship with his mistress, (Teresa) Constantia Phillips. Due to his experiences abroad, he became well regarded in English society of the day, and was acquainted with the poet Alexander Pope and another prominent Roman Catholic family, the Petres. On 3 February 1732, he married Anne Fitzroy (d. 1745), a much older wealthy widow, daughter of Sir William Pulteney of Misterton, Leicestershire. As social convention deemed it necessary for him and his wife to acquire a country residence, Southcote, whose income had been sufficiently augmented by his marriage, purchased the 116 acre Wooburn Farm (later known as Woburn), located to the west of Weybridge, Surrey. Southcote took an acute interest in the land and began to develop the surrounding fields with extended ornamentation from the garden present around the house. In all, "35 acres were planted with trees, shrubs, and flower borders. The rest remained as farmland interspersed with ornamental walks and coverts." It is claimed that Southcote pioneered the garden farm or 'ferme ornée'(Joseph Spence). After the death of his first wife on 2 February 1745, Southcote married Bridget (d. 1783), daughter of Sir Francis Andrew. Southcote was buried on 2 October 1758 at Witham, Essex. He is considered to have been the second most important contributor to the new style of landscape gardening, after William Kent.
1) John Martin, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, "Southcote, Philip, " 2008. (Accessed 17 April 2008).
Access IdentifierBP MUR ENG P S688
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_ENG_P_S688
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. BP MUR ENG P S688
Date Available2008
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
TranscriptPhilip Southcote Esqr.
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