Prospectus Oxoniae Orientalis / Prospectus Oxoniae Meridionalis [Double Prospect of Oxford]

Method Copper engraving
Artist William Williams
Published [Oxford, c. 1732-1733]
Dimensions Image 575 x 465 mm, Plate
Notes A pair of views of the city of Oxford, from the surrounding countryside, updating the 1675 double prospect by David Loggan. From William Williams' uncommon '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. 1720-4), often using the Latinate version of his name 'Guilielmus Williams', was an architectural draughtsman. This is reflected in the title page and in the formality of many of the engravings in his 'Oxonia Depicta'. The contents of the work are similar to those in David 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 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 ten 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 eighteenth century. They are in fact, in many instances, the only visual records of the buildings at this time in their history. The most impressive plate is the large folding-plate depicting a composite view of the Clarendon Building, the Schools Building and the Sheldonian Theatre, accompanied by figures in University dress and flanked by the front elevations of several other university buildings.

Condition: Two spots of foxing. Staining to both bottom corners.
Framing mounted
Price £750.00
Stock ID 11799