|Method||Etching with hand colouring|
|Artist||Robert Kent Thomas after Thomas Graham Jackson|
|Dimensions||Image 245 x 350 mm, Plate 275 x 375 mm|
A view of the Examination schools with the High Street looking east towards Magdalen College. The Almanac commemorates the completion of the buildings in 1882 designed by Sir Thomas Grant Jackson.
Robert Kent Thomas (1816-1884), was a British painter, etcher and lithographer. Although he is best-known for his highly detailed architectural and topographical prints, Thomas also produced caricatures, maritime prints and natural history studies. Born and educated in London, Thomas worked early on in his career as a lithographic draughtsman for the publishers Day and Haghe. Thomas rose to become Head of the Artistic Department, and married William Day's daughter Mary. In 1851 Ackermann & Co. published Souvenir of the Great Exhibtion, a set of six prints which included Thomas' The British Department viewed towards the transept. From 1870 onwards, many of his etchings appeared in periodicals including The Portfolio. He was an original member of the Society of Painter Etchers, a member of the Langham Sketching Club, and occasionally exhibited at the Royal Academy.
Sir Thomas Graham Jackson RA (1835 – 1924) was a British architect. One of the most distinguished British architects of his generation, he is best remembered for his work at Oxford, including the Oxford Military College at Cowley, the university's Examination Schools, most of Hertford College, including the Bridge of Sighs over New College Lane, much of Brasenose College, ranges at Trinity College and Somerville College, the City of Oxford High School for Boys, and the Acland Nursing Home.