St John Baptist College in the University of Oxford

Method Photogravure
Artist Emery Walker after Edmund Hort New
Published Published by Edmund Hort New: 17 Worcester Place Oxford A.D. 1923. Photo-engraved by Emery Walker.
Dimensions Image 280 x 420 mm, Plate 355 x 468 mm, Sheet 480 x 645 mm
Notes A view of St. John's College from St Giles, by Edmund Hort New.

This particular impression retains a manuscript dedication by Hort New in the bottom left corner of the plate, which reads: 'To Edward Warren, with acknowledgements, from Edmund Hort New, June 1923.' There were two Edward Warrens affiliated with Oxford during Hort New's lifetime, both of whom this printing could conceivably been dedicated to. The most likely candidate is Edward Prioleau Warren, an archaeologist and architect, and Master of the Art Workers Guild, who designed the North Quad of St John's New Buildings in 1901, amongst many other commissions in Oxford. The second was another archaeologist, the American-born Edward Perry Warren, a prolific collector of erotica, whose idealised philosophies of classical homosexual relationships attracted a circle of like-minded men to his residence, Lewes House. Warren's family owned paper mills in New England, and his friend and biographer, John Fothergill, was also an acquaintance of Emery Walker, who engraved the majority of Hort New's Oxford plates.

Inscription below image reads: 'St. John Baptist College in the University of Oxford: founded A.D. 1555 by Sir Thomas White, Alderman of London on the site of the Cisterian College of St. Bernard founded A.D. 1436 by Henry Chichele Archbishop of Canterbury.'

Edmund Hort New (1871-1931), known as EH New, was an English artist and illustrator. He was born in Evesham, the son of an important lawyer, and attended the Birmingham Municipal School of Art. He began painting landscape and later devoted himself to illustration. Early in his career he worked with Ruskin and other associated Arts and Crafts artists. He later went on to work for William Morris's Kelmscott Press. The influence of these experiences is evident in his prints, with their decorative borders, armourials, and elegant typefaces.

In 1905, Edmund Hort New moved to Oxford, and over a period of years, produced a series of drawings of the Oxford Colleges, based on David Loggan's 1675 aerial perspectives. New took Loggan's format and enriched his prints with many fine details of and about the colleges. The series was printed and published by Emery Walker, who marketed them appropriately as 'New Loggan Prints.' New's college views were attractive to collectors because of their high level of detail, and were in most cases a far closer representation of the colleges than the original Loggan views. These prints were made through photogravure, a relatively new process at the time. For a photogravure, the print was made by transferring a photo to a copper plate and then printing from it. With the EH New prints, a contact print of New's pen and ink drawing was made and the large negative attached to a plate which was then exposed in an acid bath, the acid only biting where the negative was clear, creating an engraved plate of the drawing.

Emery Walker (1851 - 1933) was a British master-printer, typographer and engraver. He was one of the leading figures in the Arts and Crafts Movement, and the revival of engraving. Walker helped to found the Kelmscott Press and was later a partner of Cobden-Sanderson in the Doves Press, where he was responsible for much of the successful work produced.

Condition: Creasing and small tears to edges of sheet, not affecting image. Minor foxing to inscription space and bottom margin. Hammer and anvil watermark.
Framing unmounted
Price £625.00
Stock ID 51119