|Artist||Joseph Skelton after Frederick Mackenzie|
|Published||Drawn by F. Mackenzie, 1820. Engraved by J. Skelton. [Published by J. Parker Oxford & E. Gardner. Paternoster Row. London, 1825]|
|Dimensions||Image 332 x 460 mm, Sheet 385 x 475 mm|
The Oxford Almanack for 1825, featuring a view of the Bodleian from the ruins of Hertford College. This was one of twenty four Almanacks engraved by Skelton after drawings by Frederick Mackenzie. The original drawing was undertaken by Mackenzie in 1820, something of an annus horribilis for the college, with half of the buildings of Magdalen Hall burning down in January of that year in a fire, and Hertford's poorly constructed 'paper building' collapsing shortly after. In the centre of the view, cutters trim new blocks of masonry, while to the right a team of stonemasons working on a scaffold are laying the upper courses of an arcade of the new building. The present example has been trimmed to the image, removing the calendar that would have originally been appended below.
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 Almanacks between 1821-1853.
Condition: Trimmed within platemark, retaining title but with loss of calendar. Time-toning, creasing, and dirt staining to sheet. Repaired tears and small chips to edges of sheet.