|Method||Copper engraving with original hand colouring|
|Artist||after John Donowell|
|Published||A Paris chez JacquesChereau rue St Jacques au dessus de la Fontaine St. Severin aux 2 Colonnes no. 257. c.1780|
|Dimensions||Sheet 517 x 335 mm Plate 420 x 262 mm|
A Vue D'optique of Oxford High Street based on Donowell's earlier prints. The inscription is repeated in French, Spanish and German.
Designed to be viewed through optical machines, "optiques" or "Zograscopes" vue d'optique prints were displayed by showmen in the streets of Europe and keenly collected by the upper classes who owned optical machines at home. Throughout this period there was great curiosity regarding foreign and unvisited European cities and these print shows provided the general public with a glimpse of these distant cities.