|Artist||George Hollis after John Skinner Prout|
|Published||Published by J. Ryman, High Street, Oxford, 1836.|
|Dimensions||Image 141 x 203 mm, Plate 205 x 255 mm, Sheet 295 x 425 mm|
A view of Oriel College, from the quadrangle, from James Ryman's Illustrations of Oxford.
George Hollis (1792-1842) was a well-known artist and engraver who worked in Oxford in the first half of the nineteenth century. Many of his engravings were published by James Ryman, a printseller on the High Street, Oxford, active between 1836 and 1865. Hollis's views were published separately from 1819 before being bound as a volume with descriptive text in 1839. Illustrations of Oxford is a comparatively rare work with some uncommon views of the colleges to which celebrated artists like T. S. Boys, Frederick Nash and J. S. Prout made relevant contributions.
John Skinner Prout (1805-1876) was an English painter and printmaker. Born in Plymouth, he toured the west of England in the 1830's, and published Castles and Abbeys of Monmouthshire in 1838. In the same year he was elected to the New Society of Painters in Water-Colours (he was re-elected as an associate in 1849, and full member in 1862). In 1840 he travelled to Australia where he drew public attention to the fine arts with two series of lectures at the Mechanics Institute, Sydney. In 1843, he moved to Hobart, Tasmania, where he founded an art school and, with G. T. W. B. Boyes, organized Tasmania's first art exhibition in 1845. He imported a lithographic press from England, and published Sydney Illustrated (1844), Tasmania Illustrated (1844-6), and Views of Melbourne and Geelong (1847). In 1848 he returned to England, living in Bristol and London, whilst continuing to produce paintings and writing on Australia.
Condition: Printed on India laid paper, foxing to sky area of image and to margins, water stain to top sheet edge.