|Method||Copper engraving with early hand colouring|
|Published||London Printed for Carington Bowles. No. 69, in St. Pauls Church Yard, Robt. Sayers at the Golden Buck in Fleet Street, & John Bowles No. 13 In Cornhill.|
|Dimensions||Image 281 x 420 mm Plate 290 x 435 mm, Sheet 335 x 493 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 (fl. 1753 - 1786) was 18th century British architect and engraver, the eminent architect of Wycombe Park in Buckinghamshire. He is considered to be one of the principal architect-draughtsmen in the latter 18th century alongside the likes of Thomas Sandby and Thomas Malton. His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy in the third quarter of the 18th century, during which time he also published his work as prints.
Condition: Creasing to corners and sheet edges. Toning to sheet. Small tears to sheet edges.