|Published||[Oxford, c. 1732-1733]|
|Dimensions||Image 560 x 431 mm|
A finely detailed aerial view of New College. Motto and title in two elaborate cartouches. 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. Possible water damage to top edge (not affecting image). Time toning. Wear and tear around margins.