|Published||[Oxford, c. 1732-1733]|
|Dimensions||Image 362 x 441, Plate 371 x 449, Sheet 530 x 660 mm|
A double prospect of Saint Mary Hall, now part of Oriel College. The upper half depicting the inner quadrangle, and the lower, an interior plan of the building, with a key to its left situated within a scroll. A smaller view of the college in the lower left corner. From William Williams' 'Oxonia Depicta sive Collegiorum et Aularum in Inclyta Academia Oxoniensi Ichnographica & Scenographica Delineatio LXV Tabulis Aeneis expressa A Guilielmo Williams Cui accedit Uniuscujusque Collegij Aulaeque Notitia'.
William Williams (fl. 1732-4), often using the Latinate version of his name 'Guilielmus Williams', was an architectural draughtsman, and this is reflected in the formality of many of the engravings in his 'Oxonia Depicta'. The contents of the work are similar to those in Loggan's 'Oxonia Illustrata' published over 50 years earlier, commencing with a double-prospect of the city of Oxford each containing a numbered key, and a plan of the city after Agas' plan of 1588. There is a double prospect of the interior of the Bodleian Library after Loggan and a number of architectural plans of the colleges. More importantly the work includes 10 fine large engravings of the colleges of Magdalen, Corpus, Wadham, St. Johns, Queens, New, Oriel, Trinity, Pembroke, and Brasenose, showing how they were at the beginning of the 18th Century. They are in fact, in many instances, the only visual records of the buildings at this time in their history.
Condition: Central vertical fold, as issued. Slight discolouration around centrefold. Small tears to edges of sheet.