|Method||Etching and aquatint|
|Artist||Frederick Christian Lewis|
|Published||Drawn, Engd. & Pubd. by F.C. Lewis 1846|
|Dimensions||Image 154 x 195 mm Plate 180 x 226 mm Sheet 300 x 410 mm|
A rare unrecorded panorama of the 'Dreaming Spires' of Oxford, and one of the few views of the city from Headington Hill. Inscribed below image: 'The Original in the Collection of Revd. H. Wellesley.'
Frederick Christian Lewis (1779 -1856) was a British printmaker, and sometimes painter, who specialised in aquatint and reproducing drawings. Lewis was 'Engraver of Drawings to the Queen.' Numerous members of the Lewis family were involved in printmaking, publishing, and painting, including his brother Charles, and his sons John Frederick, Charles George, and Frederick Christian Jnr. Having studied under J.C. Stadler, he worked initially for Ottley, and then for many years for Thomas Lawrence.
Condition: some foxing to margins outwith platemark, one faint foxing mark to top centre outwith printed area, inside platemark.