“And that sweet city with her dreaming spires”

So wrote Matthew Arnold in his poem Thyrsis when describing the City of Oxford and this description is usually accompanied by the view from Boars Hill below.


Oxford is famous for its University which originated in the 12th century and is the oldest in the English speaking world. Situated about 60 miles from London at the confluence of the Rivers Thames and Cherwell it’s name means a ford suitable for oxen. It’s earliest mention is in the legend of St. Frideswide at the beginning of the 8th century. It was an important Saxon and then Norman town but the University soon dominated and does to this day.

This next print is entitled Moonlit Spires, Oxford. It is numbered 69/100 and is signed M. Rhys, 2000. I can’t find out anything about the artist but I do think this is a really beautiful little print.