Castle Tower, Oxford, from Mr Bricknell's Meadow - 1809 soft ground etching

An original 1809 soft ground etching, The Castle Tower, Oxford, from Mr Bricknell's Meadow.

This interesting print appears to be a rare proof for the soft ground etching by William Crotch and James Girtin, published 1809, titled 'The Castle Tower, Oxford, from Mr Bricknell's Meadow'. 

On very thin proof paper. The sheet has been trimmed to only portion of the view shown in the final etching.

Some age toning as shown. The thin paper is creased and wrinkled in places, as shown.
21.1cm x 17.2cm.

This work is from a fascinating collection of pictures we have for sale that are deeply entwined with the artistic worlds of 19th-century Oxford. The city’s romantic dreaming spires have inspired architectural draughtsman over the centuries, and this collection includes views of the university’s colleges as well as landmarks around the city and Oxfordshire more generally. The collection comprises works by a number of highly regarded artists, including drawings by William Turner of Oxford and William Alfred Delamotte, and paintings by Frederick Mackenzie OWS, and stained glass artist Augustine Joseph Mingaye Richardson and his sister Rosa Mingaye. With its architectural emphasis, it appears that the collection may have been in the possession of either the artistic Mingaye Richardson family or the Delamotte family: the collection also includes a number of intriguing albumen prints of architectural subjects, with high artistic merit, which bear striking similarity to the work of early photographer Philip Henry Delamotte – son of William Alfred Delamotte.

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Product code: JJ-507

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