Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Oxford College Prints

As the worlds largest seller of Oxford related material Sanders of Oxford is the ideal place to find that much deserved graduation present.

This photogravure of Christ Church College engraved by Emery Walker after Edmund Hort New is a striking example of a souvenier that lasts a life time.

We have thousands of images depicting town and gown, from General and High Street views, Individual Colleges, Academic Dress and Oxford Maps.

With prints of the famous University city starting at just £1 we cater for all budgets enabling customers to make a gesture that doesn't break the bank.

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Christi Church, Oxford
Emery Walker after Edmund Hort New
Published by Edmund Hort New, 17 Worcester Place, Oxford, AD 1916
Image 640 x 410 mm

Edmund Hort New, known as E.H. New, was born in Evesham in 1871. He was the son of an important lawyer. He attended the Birmingham Municipal School of Art. He began painting landscape and later he devoted himself to illustration. Early in his career he worked with Ruskin and other associated Arts and Crafts artists. He latter went on to work for William Morris's Kelmscott Press. The influence of these experiences is evident in his prints - the decorative boarders, armorials, etc.

Over a period of years New did a series of prints of the Oxford Colleges based on the David Loggan's 1675 aerial perspectives. New took Loggan's format and enriched his prints with many fine details of and abut the colleges and they are valued today by many collectors because of the high level of detail and the fact that they represent the colleges in their present state.

These prints were made through a relatively new process at the time - photo engraving. Like photogravures the print is made by transferring a photo to a copper plate and then printing it. With the E.H. New prints, a contact print of New's pen and ink drawing was made and the large negative attached to a plate which was then exposed in an acid bath, the acid only biting where the negative was clear; thus, creating and engraved plate of New's drawing. The prints were available separately at shops in Oxford such as Ryman's in the early part of the 20th century. 

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