|Artist||Joseph Skelton after Charles Wild|
|Dimensions||Image 314 x 453 mm, Sheet 428 x 543 mm|
Image and top of calendar of the 1815 Oxford Almanack.
The image shows the west side of the Lady Chapel. Set to the right is what was believed to have been St. Frideswide's Shrine, which was rebuilt in c. 1480, and what is now known as the Watching Loft. The brasses featured on the tomb slab were thought to have represented St. Frideswide's parents.
Charles Wild (1781 - 1835) was a watercolour painter of architectural subjects, and illustrated a number of books on English cathedrals European topography. In 1813, he was commissioned to create six drawings for almanacks.
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.
Petter, Helen Mary. The Oxford Almanacks. Oxford. At the Clarendon Press. 1974. p. 87.
Condition: Trimmed, with only the top of the calendar remaining. Bottom margin added. Creasing to sheet, and some discolouration.