ISBN : 9789814155052
• Sumptuously illustrated with careful attention to architectural detail
• Well-researched historical and architectural introduction by a leading expert
• Numerous captions to accompany the sketches and paintings
Many facets of Oxford are recorded here, as Graham Byfield strolls with his sketchpad through college gateways, courtyards and gardens, along broad streets and narrow alleyways, into great ceremonial buildings and cosy medieval pubs. In few cities in the world can such an array of architectural treasures be viewed within so compact an area, ideally suited to the visitor on foot. Along the way, with a few pencil strokes and splashes of colour, Byfield captures passing scenes of student and city life enacted before one of the finest architectural backdrops in England.
Artist Graham Byfield spent the early years of his career as a graphic artist and creative director for advertising agencies in various parts of the world. He used these experiences as opportunities to study parochial architecture, savour landscapes and explore local cultures through his paintings. He is now a full-time artist with his own gallery in Spain, and he travels extensively to research his series of Sketchbooks.
After taking his degree in History and History of Art from Cambridge, and following postgraduate research at Oxford, Roger White worked as a historian in the Historic Buildings Division of the Greater London Council. He has served as the Secretary of the Georgian Group, and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1986. As a leading authority on Georgian landscape architecture, Mr White has curated highly praised exhibitions, been involved in the restoration of Painswick Rococo Garden, delivered lectures in London and the United States, and written widely in such publications as Architectural History and the Journal of Garden History.