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Rural life in the seventeenth century

Rural life in the seventeenth century

This animated engraving shows the park, formal garden and farmyard at Little Offley, Hertfordshire, and was executed by John Drapentier for Sir Henry Chauncy’s The historical antiquities of Hertfordshire (London, 1700), one example of the Library’s fine collection of English county histories. Chauncy provides an account of the county, ancient and modern, drawing on and translating the relevant passages in Domesday Book. Drapentier, a little known artist, dedicated this plate to Richard Helder Esquire, the owner of Little Offley, which lies in the north of Hertfordshire between Hitchen and Luton. If you are feeling in a spotting mood, can you find a peacock, a milkmaid, men fishing, bees swarming, and a shepherd piping?