|Artist||Emery Walker after Edmund Hort New|
|Published||Designed, Executed, & Published by Edmund Hort New, 17, Worcester Place, Oxford, Novr. 5th. 1908. Photolithographed & Printed by Thomas Way, Gough Square, Fleet Street, London, EC.|
|Dimensions||Image 205 x 520 mm, Sheet 405 x 750 mm|
A highly decorative and detailed view of the Oxford skyline, taken from the top of Magdalen Tower. The view provides a particularly fine view of the Examination Schools, as well as the spires of Christ Church Cathedral and Tom Tower, Merton chapel, All Saint's Church (Lincoln College), the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, the Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Libraries, All Souls, and New College Tower. On either side of the title, the armorials of the City and University of Oxford are displayed, as well as two decorative keys for identifying major monuments. The whole is enclosed in a decorative Arts and Crafts border of acanthus leaves, which alternate with the Latin mottoes of the City and University.
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: Backed with archival tissue, two repaired tears to left margin, small patch of wear to upper right margin, just above printed area.