|Artist||Sutton Nicholls after Johannes Kip|
|Published||Printed & Sold by J. Smith at the Sign of Exeter Change near the Fountain Tavern 1724|
|Dimensions||Image 445 x 680 mm, Sheet 485 x 695 mm|
A striking reduced version of Kip's 1705 Oxford prospect, from the third volume of the 1724 edition of Joseph Smith's Britannia Illustrata. The print depicts a view of Oxford from south of the River Thames. Meadows are depicted in the foreground, with the River Cherwell and the River Isis intersecting. To the far right, Magdalen College, Magdalen Bridge, and St Clements are detailed, and to the far left, the castle and St Thomas' Church. Spires and towers decorate the skyline, including a curiously positioned Sheldonian Theatre. A scroll inscribed with 'Oxoniensis Universitas. The South Prospect of the City of Oxford' is set top centre, with putti either side.
Beneath the image, a numbered key (1 - 32), names colleges, churches, and other points of interest
Johannes 'Jan' Kip (1653 - 1722) was a Dutch draughtsman, engraver, and print dealer who was active in England, after producing works for the court of William of Orange in Amsterdam. Following the Glorious Revolution of 1688, Kip accompanied the Court to England and settled in Westminster, where he conducted a thriving print selling business from his house in St. John's Street. He also worked for various London publishers producing engravings, largely for book illustrations. His most important works were the execution of the illustrations for Britannia Illustrata, 1708; The Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire, 1712, and Le Nouveau Theatre de la Grande Bretagne, 1715.
Sutton Nicholls (1668-1729) was a British engraver, print seller, draughtsman and globe maker. Although best known for his panoramic views of the cities of London and Westminster, Sutton also produced prospects of gentlemen's seats. A majority of his work was commissioned by publishers.
Condition: Pressed vertical folds and sheet join as issued, some reinforced on verso. Repaired tears to edges. Trimmed within plate mark with small loss to crest on lower margin. Printer's creases and repair to top right corner. Framed in an impressive hand made period style black and gilt frame.