Bird's-Eye View of Oxford, 1894
1894 (dated) 16 x 37 in (40.64 x 93.98 cm)
A fine example of H.C. Brewer's wonderful architectural birds-eye view of Oxford England. Oriented to the west, this view centers on Magdalen College and the magnificent Magdalen Tower. Carriages and trolleys cross the Magdalen Bridge onto High Street while the city's many other colleges fill the background. This view specifically focuses on collegiate Oxford as opposed to the more industrial portions of the city on the opposite shore of the River Cherwell. The University of Oxford is the oldest surviving university in the English speaking world and consists of thirty-eight self-governing colleges – most of which are visible and noted on Brewer's view. At the base of the view there is a key to the panorama with some 22 colleges and 3 residence halls noted. The key additionally identifies 34 various churches, museums, important buildings, greens, fields, gardens, streets, libraries, walls, etc. This view was published by Meisenbach for inclusion in an 1894 issue of The Graphic. Brewer also issued a companion view of Oxford's longtime rival, Cambridge, which was published by the The Graphic once week later.
The Graphic (1869 - 1932), first published in December 1869, was a weekly illustrated newspaper published in London, England. Published by Illustrated Newspaper Limited, The Graphic was founded by William Luson Thomas to compete with the popular Illustrated London New, which he believed to be unsympathetic towards artists. The Graphic prospered, becoming the most successful rival of the Illustrated London New despite being more expensive. The popularity of The Graphic was most likely influenced by its inclusion of works by famous writers such as H. Rider Haggard, Thomas Hardy and George Elliot, as well as its gifted artists: George Millais, Sir Samuel Luke Fildes, Sidney Sime, Helen Allingham, and Frank Brangwyn, among others. The Graphic covered literature, art, sciences, music, sport and opera, along with news from all around the British Empire. With regular readers that included the likes of Vincent Van Gogh, the paper had a significant influence in the European art scene. After the death of Luson Thomas in 1900, The Graphic was managed by his son George Holt Thomas until it ceased publication in 1932 after a brief change of name to The National Graphic.
H. W. Brewer (1836 - 1903) was a London based architectural illustrator active in the late 19th century. Brewer specialized in aerial views of cities for such British magazines as The Builder and The Graphic. Brewer was well respected in this field and was especially admired for his graphic "restorations" of historic buildings and even cities. Despite this, Brewer was known as a humble map without ambition who frequently avoided public praise for his well-known work.
Very good. Original foldlines visible. Blank on verso.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, G5754.O9 1894.