James Basire II (1769 – 1822) after Edward Dayes (1763 – 1804)

A View of the Theatre, Printing House, & c. (1800)



36 x 49 cm

A view of Broad Street, showing the Clarendon Building, Sheldonian Theatre, and what is now the Museum of the History of Science.

Edward Dayes’ drawing was reproduced as a lithograph in 1800, to be published in the “Oxford Almanack”. The Oxford Almanack was an annual almanack published by the Oxford University Press for the University of Oxford from 1674 through 2019 (when printing sadly ceased due to “dwindling interest”). The almanack traditionally included engravings or lithographs of the University and information about the upcoming year. Other almanack artists have included Michael Burghers, J. M. W. Turner, and John Piper. Basire and Dayes collaborated on several views of Oxford during the courses of their careers.

Edward Dayes was a British painter and engraver. He exhibited topographical views at the Royal Academy from 1786 until his death, and is the author of an ”Excursion through Derbyshire and Yorkshire,” ”Essays on Painting; Instructions for Drawing and Colouring Landscapes”, and ”Professional Sketches of Modem Artists”.

James Basire II was a British engraver, son of James Basire I, also a celebrated engraver. In 1802 he became Engraver to the Society of Antiquaries.

Condition: some browning, as visible in photograph.

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