|Published||[David Loggan, Cambridge, 1690]|
|Dimensions||Image 326 x 488 mm, Plate 362 x 496 mm, Sheet 403 x 530 mm|
A view of Gonville and Caius College from the first edition of 'Cantabrigia Illustrata,' published c.1690.
David Loggan (1635-1692), artist and engraver, was born at Danzig in 1635. He may have learnt the art of engraving from Simon van den Passe in Denmark and from Hendrik Hondius in the Netherlands. Loggan followed Hondius's sons to England in about 1653, and by 1665 he was residing at Nuffield, near Oxford, and had made the acquaintance of the antiquarian Anthony Wood. On 30 March 1669 he was appointed Engraver to the University of Oxford, with an annual salary of twenty shillings. He married a daughter of Robert Jordan, Esq. of Kencote Hall in Oxfordshire in 1671, and in 1672 they had a son, John Loggan, who later graduated from Trinity College. The marriage probably produced another son, William Loggan, about whom little is known except that he was responsible for a satirical print of Father Peters and the Jesuits, published in 1681. David Loggan took up residence in Holywell in about 1671, prior to matriculating at the University. In 1675 he was naturalised as an Englishman. The remainder of his life was spent mostly in London, where he worked as an agent and art dealer, and as Engraver to the University of Cambridge, a position he attained in 1690, two years before his death. Loggan's two great works were a series of architectural bird's eye plans of the colleges and public buildings of Oxford and Cambridge, the Oxonia Illustrata, published in 1675, and its rarer sister Cantabrigia Illustrata, which appeared at some point previous to 1690. Following Loggan's death, the plates were acquired and reprinted by Henry Overton in 1705 and c.1710 respectively.
Cantabrigia Illustrata, like its earlier Oxonian counterpart, was the first illustrated book on Cambridge and one of the major works of the 17th century. Begun shortly after the publication of Oxonia Illustrata in 1675, the work was likely inspired by the time Loggan spent at Trinity College working on prints of Wren's designs for Trinity College library. Although the exact date of publication is unknown, it was certainly in circulation by 1690, the year in which Loggan was appointed Engraver to the University of Cambridge.
Condition: Good impression, light ink offset to plate mark. Pressed centre fold as issued, repaired tear to lower part of fold, and repaired split to right hand side of platemark, not affecting image. Overall time toning.