|London, Printed for John Bowles No. 13 in Cornhill. Robert Sayer at the Golden Buck in Fleet Street, & Carington Bowles, No. 69 in St. Paul's Church-Yard. c. 1768
|Image 262 x 414 mm, Sheet 300 x 423 mm
From John Donowells' 'Perspective Views of the Colleges and other Public Buildings of Oxford'. Donowell's pioneering work was the basis for many of the Oxfordian compositions that would be replicated by other artists throughout the following centuries. These view include the view of the Sheldonian Theatre from Broad Street, the curve of the High Street looking west from Queen's College, as well as Christ Church from the Carfax Conduit. The success of Donowell's series is exemplified by their reworking by later artists, and their pirating for the foreign print trade, as can be seen in Daumont's reversed Vues D'optique.
John Donowell (1753 - 1786) was an eighteenth-century British architect and engraver, most notable for his architectural work at West Wycombe Park in Buckinghamshire, where he appears to have been influenced by the works of Colen Campbell. Alongside Thomas Sandby and Thomas Malton, Donowell was considered to be one of the principal architect-draughtsmen in the third quarter of the eighteenth-century. He drew a number of topographical drawings, mostly views of London. His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy in the 1770's and 1780's, and was also published as prints during this period.
Condition: Trimmed within plate mark.