WILLIAM NICHOLSON Original Lithograph OXFORD c 1905

This is one of my collection of original prints and etchings that I am listing this week as I am doing a wee bit of a clear out - given that I have run out of wall space.

This one is an attractive colour lithograph by William Nicholson of the architecture of Oxford. Between 1902 and 1904 - the artist cycled into Oxford, where he made a number of drawings of varying sizes in pen, chalk and watercolour. These watercolours were ventually published by the Stafford Gallery in November 1905. This is one of 24 views which were issued in two portfolios at this time.

This shows a view of the Radcliffe Camera (or Rad Cam!) at Oxford University, one of the most distinctive and beautiful buildings in Oxford. It was designed by James Gibbs in the English Paladdian Style to house the Radcliffe Science Library, 1737 - 1749. It is one of the earliest examples of a circular library in Britain.

My other prints are mainly from the Etching Revival but this one is the odd one out - as it is not an etching, but an original colour lithograph dating from around 1895.

It has been signed by the artist in pen in the lower left hand corner and to the right hand corner with the date [18]95.

There is also a publisher's blind stamp - which reads Published 1905 by the Stafford Gallery Bond Street London.

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