Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733), after David Loggan (1634–1692)

New College, Oxford (1727)



12 x 16 cm

An eighteenth-century view of Le College Neuf (New College), engraved by Pieter van der Aa after David Loggan, the noted engraver, draughtsman, and painter. Founded in 1379 by William of Wykeham, New College is one of the oldest colleges at the university and was the first to admit undergraduate students. Architecturally, New College was innovative in its design, in that it was all planned around an enclosed quadrangle (finished 1386). This was the first quadrangle of its type, though it has since become one of the defining features of colleges across Oxford and Cambridge.

Pieter van der Aa of Leiden was a Dutch publisher best known for preparing maps and atlases, though he also printed editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated volumes. He is noted for the many engravings he produced after David Loggan’s series of Oxford and Cambridge colleges and costumes. In 1727 Van Der Aa illustrated “Les Delices de la Grande Bretagne & de L’Irelande” by James Beeverell, the book in which this engraving appears.

Condition: a good impression.

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