John Boydell (1719-1804)

A South Prospect of the City of Oxford

Hand-coloured engraving published 1751 in the series Four Views of Oxford


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One of the most influential Georgian printsellers, Boydell was apprenticed to William Henry Toms at the age of 21, studying drawing at the St Marin’s Lane Academy. From 1755 he imported foreign prints in great numbers. He became Mayor of London in 1790.