Augustine Joseph Mingaye, New College Oxford -Original 1871 watercolour painting

An original 1871 watercolour painting, Augustine Joseph Mingaye New College, Oxford.

A beautiful watercolour painting showing the front entrance of New College, Oxford, by Oxford artist Augustine Joseph Mingaye Richardson. The 14th-century architecture is bathed in dramatic sunlight, and a small figure of a scholar in mortarboard is just visible through the entrance gate. Laid down on backing paper.

Augustine Joseph Mingaye Richardson (b.1846) was a stained glass artist and painter, known by the name of A.J. Mingaye. Born into an artistic family in Oxford, he was son of Joseph Richardson, a Teacher of Painting, and Rosabell Georgina Mingaye Syder. Mingaye designed the stained glass window in south aisle of St Laurence’s Church, Winslow, in 1868, using maker’s mark Mingaye Pinxit Londinium. He is also recorded as being in Bruges, Belgium in the early 1900s, painting in the Gothic Revival style and designing a stained glass window for the Church of Stabroek. His younger sister, Rosa, was also an artist.

Signed and dated lower right. Inscribed on a separate piece of paper: 'A.J. Mingaye 1871. Front entrance of New College, Oxford'.
In good condition for its age.
27.3cm x 18.4cm.

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-557

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