|Method||Copper engraving with hand colouring|
|Artist||Joseph Skelton after John Donowell|
|Published||Published as the Act directs, Sept.1, 1821 by J.Skelton, Magdalen Bridge, Oxford.|
|Dimensions||Image 166 x 250 mm, Sheet 214 x 274 mm|
A view of the High Street, from 'Oxonia Antiqua Restaurata' by Joseph Skelton. Skelton began publishing parts of this work from 1818 but it was not completed until 1820 and only fully published three years later in 1823.
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.
John Donowell (1753 - 1786) was an eighteenth-century British architect and engraver, most notable for his architectural work at West Wycombe Park in Buckinghamshire, where he appears to have been influenced by the works of Colen Campbell. Alongside Thomas Sandby and Thomas Malton, Donowell was considered to be one of the principal architect-draughtsmen in the third quarter of the eighteenth-century. He drew a number of topographical drawings, mostly views of London. His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy in the 1770's and 1780's, and was also published as prints during this period.