|Artist||Joseph Skelton after Frederick Mackenzie|
|Published||Published by J. Parker Oxford & E. Gardner. Paternoster Row. London|
|Dimensions||Image 315 x 445 mm, Plate 563 x 490 mm, Sheet 672 x 557 mm|
The Oxford Almanack for 1828, featuring a view of Oxford Cathedral and the Chapter House complete with calendar.
Hertford College was founded in 1740, but after the death of the principal Richard Newton in 1753, it declined and it was without a principal in 1805. The site was granted to Magdalen Hall whose members moved there in 1822. The almanac shows the work beginning on buildings for Magdalen Hall with the Schools and the Radcliffe Library in the background.
Joseph Skelton (1781 - 1850) was an English engraver of topographical and antiquarian subjects. He is best-known for his plates in 'Oxonia Antiqua Illustrata' (1823); 'Engraved Illustrations of Antiente Arms and Armour from the Collection at Goodrich Court from the Drawings, and with the Descriptions of Dr. Meyrick' (1830) (2 vols); and Girault's 'Les Beautes de la France' (1850). He settled in France in the latter part of his life and was elected FSA in 1844. His brother William Skelton was also an engraver.
Frederick Mackenzie (1787-1854) was a watercolour painter and architectural draughtsman who made drawings for Ackermann's University of Oxford and Public Schools, and twenty-four of the Oxford Almanacs between 1821-1853.
Condition: Strong impression with full margins, including the calendar. Minor overall time toning and dirt build-up mainly to edges of the sheet. Faded red ink stamptax stamp on the lower right corner of sheet.