|Artist||John Harris after William Williams|
|Dimensions||Image 343 x 435 mm, Sheet 390 x 480 mm,|
The top of the 1725 Oxford Almanack with Christ Church from the north, with five allegorical figures in the foreground examining a geometrical diagram on the floor and shows Clarke's design for the new library, which was only finished in 1722, with the north range of Peckwater Quadrangle is omitted.
William Williams was an architectural draughtsman and this is reflected in the title page and 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, 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 tis time in their history. The most impressive plate is the large folding-plate depicting a composite view of the Clarendon Building, the Schools Building and the Sheldonian Theatre, accompanied by figures in University dress and flanked by the front elevations of several other university buildings.
Petter, The Oxford Almanacks (55)
Condition: Trimmed tight to margins, with repair made to the bottom margin. Calendar has been removed.