Before photography it was engraving that brought Oxford to the eyes of the wider world. Here’s how.

The architecture and atmosphere of Oxford have inspired commercial artists for centuries. Before photography, engraving for print was the means to reach audiences near and far, whether they be wealthy collectors of sumptuous atlases or readers of the popular press. The city and University have been portrayed as the serene centre of a thriving rural landscape, as a bird’s-eye prospect in miniature, or as a railway destination for consumers of heritage. The images in this week’s gallery, from a new catalogue by High Street antique prints and maps dealer Sanders, give a glimpse of the riches.

Digital images © Sanders of Oxford, reproduced by kind permission.

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