Panoramic View of Oxford

Method Aquatint
Artist Nathaniel Whittock
Published London; Published for the Proprietor by J. Mc. Cormack, 147, Strand. [c. 1834]
Dimensions Image 270 x 440 mm, Plate 320 x 460 mm, Sheet 347 x 490 mm
Notes The only known example of this previously unrecorded panoramic view of Oxford taken from an improbable vantage point above Christ Church Meadow.

This print is an earlier and cruder version of the c.1848 James Ryman published perspective of the city. In the inscription space below there is a dedication to the installation of the Duke of Wellington as Chancellor of the University in 1834. The perspective achieved in this view is often attributed to the use of a balloon. Despite the key role played by the city of Oxford in ballooning history, with Sadler completing his first ascent from Christ Church Meadow in 1784, there is no evidence for Whittock having ever made use of aerial survey for this or any of his other bird's-eye views.

Nathaniel Whittock (1791-1860) was lithographer to the University of Oxford. He was born in Oxford but moved to London in 1828. His nephew, Henry Hyde, was also an engraver.

Condition: Title and inscription faint. Professionally repaired tear to top centre of sheet. Creasing to sheet. Surface dirt to sheet. Tape residue to verso corners and edges.
Framing unmounted
Price £2,200.00
Stock ID 52225