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

Gloucester College, Oxford (now Worcester College) (1727)



12 x 16 cm

An eighteenth-century view of Worcester College’s predecessor, Gloucester College. Gloucester College was founded in 1283 by the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter at Gloucester as a place of study for 13 monks. The dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s resulted in the closure of the College, which was eventually re-founded as Worcester College in 1714. Pieter van der Aa’s engraving comes after an earlier one by David Loggan, the noted engraver, draughtsman, and painter, when the site was still known as Gloucester.

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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