An original mid-19th-century graphite drawing, Magdalen College Tower & Bridge, Oxford.
An accomplished graphite drawing showing the tower of Magdalen College in Oxford. There are charming details in the drawing, including figures in a horse-drawn carriage on the bridge, and a top-hatted figure punting on the River Cherwell in the foreground. With pale brown watercolour background wash. On thin card.
Unsigned. Inscribed on a separate piece of paper which accompanies the drawing: 'Magdalen College Tower'.
Some age toning, as shown. There are paper remnants on the verso, from historically being laid down.
12.9cm x 17.7cm.
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-513