Attrib Frederick Mackenzie OWS, St Mary's Church Witney,19th-century watercolour

An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Attrib. Frederick Mackenzie OWS St Mary's Church, Witney.

An attractive and highly skilled watercolour painting in sepia tones, showing the town of Witney in Oxfordshire. With precise graphite underdrawing. Inscribed verso 'Mackenzie', it is probable that this is Frederick Mackenzie OWS (1787-1854), architectural and topographical draughtsman. Mackenzie was a pupil of J.A. Repton and was heavily influenced by the work of architect John Nash. He produced highly accurate architectural drawings for the foremost publishers and engravers of the day, including Britton and Ackermann. He became a member in of the Old Water-Colour Society in 1823, and was Treasurer of the Society from 1831 until his death. In the 1830s and 1840s he worked on a number of important publications, including the Memorials of Oxford, 1837 and Memorials of Cambridge, 1841-2.

Inscribed also on a separate, accompanying fragment of paper: 'Witney Church - Mackenzie'.
In good condition for its age. Some foxing and age toning, as shown, and small glue remnants verso from historically being laid down.
10.6cm x 15.3cm.

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-544

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