Joseph Skelton (1783 – 1871) after George Vertue (1684 – 1756)

Founders & Benefactors of Pembroke College, with a View of the Buildings &c. (1818)



21 x 24 cm

A historic engraving of Pembroke’s august founders and early architecture, which later formed part of the artist’s 1828 ‘Pietas Oxoniensis, or Records of Oxford Founders’.

George Vertue FSA was an English engraver and antiquary. He was apprenticed to a heraldic engraver in France, then worked for the Flemish engraver Michael Vandergucht before setting up on his own. He was also a student of the English portrait painter and copyist Thomas Gibson. He became the official engraver to the Society of Antiquaries when it was founded in 1717, and his patrons included several British aristocrats. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Joseph Skelton was an a topographical and antiquarian engraver. He lived in Oxford for a time and became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. His Oxford publications include the Oxonia Antiqua Illustrata; Antiquities of Oxfordshire, from drawings by F. Mackenzie; and the Pietas Oxoniensis, or Records of Oxford Founders.

Condition: generally very good.

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