Bird's-Eye View of Cambridge, 1894
1894 (dated) 16 x 40 in (40.64 x 101.6 cm)
A fine example of H. C. Brewer's wonderful architectural birds-eye view of Cambridge, England. Oriented to the south the view centers on Magdalene College with Kings College and St. John's College looming in the background. The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest surviving university in the English Speaking world (following Oxford) and consists of 31 self-governing colleges – many of which are visible on Brewer's View. At the base of the view there is a key to the panorama with some 20 colleges and two residence halls identified. The key additionally identifies 33 other churches, museums, important buildings, greens, fields, gardens, streets, libraries, etc. This view was published by Meisenbach for inclusion in an 1894 issue of The Graphic. Brewer also issued a companion view of Cambridge's longtime rival, Oxford, which was published by the The Graphic once week earlier.
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.