|Method||Photogravure with hand colouring|
|Artist||Emery Walker after Edmund Hort New|
|Published||Engraved by Emery Walker, and published by Edmund Hort New, at 17 Worcester Place, Oxford, May 10th, 1907|
|Dimensions||Image 340 x 410 mm, Plate 375 x 440, Sheet 460 mm x 555 mm|
A view of New College from the West, featuring Holywell Quadrangle and the Bell Tower, by Edmund Hort New. An inset dedication in the top right corner of the plate features the founders crozier and the College motto 'Manners Makyth Man'. In the centre of the inscription space, the Arms of the College have been picked out in hand colour.
Inscription underneath the image: College of Saint Mary de Winton, or New College, Oxford, from the West, A.D 1907. Founded by William of Wykeham, A.D 1379.
Edmund Hort New (1871-1931), known as EH New, was an English artist and illustrator. He was born in Evesham, the son of an important lawyer, and attended the Birmingham Municipal School of Art. He began painting landscape and later devoted himself to illustration. Early in his career he worked with Ruskin and other associated Arts and Crafts artists. He later went on to work for William Morris's Kelmscott Press. The influence of these experiences is evident in his prints, with their decorative borders, armourials, and elegant typefaces.
In 1905, Edmund Hort New moved to Oxford, and over a period of years, produced a series of drawings of the Oxford Colleges, based on David Loggan's 1675 aerial perspectives. New took Loggan's format and enriched his prints with many fine details of and about the colleges. The series was printed and published by Emery Walker, who marketed them appropriately as 'New Loggan Prints.' New's college views were attractive to collectors because of their high level of detail, and were in most cases a far closer representation of the colleges than the original Loggan views. These prints were made through photogravure, a relatively new process at the time. For a photogravure, the print was made by transferring a photo to a copper plate and then printing from it. With the EH New prints, a contact print of New's pen and ink drawing was made and the large negative attached to a plate which was then exposed in an acid bath, the acid only biting where the negative was clear, creating an engraved plate of the drawing.
Emery Walker (1851 - 1933) was a British master-printer, typographer and engraver. He was one of the leading figures in the Arts and Crafts Movement, and the revival of engraving. Walker helped to found the Kelmscott Press and was later a partner of Cobden-Sanderson in the Doves Press, where he was responsible for much of the successful work produced.
Condition: Strong crisp impression. Light acid burn from old mount to margins, outside platemark. Minor time toning to edges of sheet. Hammer and anvil watermark.