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Sanders of Oxford

Sanders of Oxford

Sanders of Oxford has long been a landmark on the High Street. Our collection of prints and maps, dating from the 16th to the 20th century, is extensive and encompasses a wide range of subjects, engravers and prices. Subjects include Topographical, Portraiture, Sporting, Caricatures, Natural History, Literary and Japanese Woodblocks.

  • Address 104 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BW
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One review of “Sanders of Oxford”

    Elouise Powell

    25th January 2017

    Oxford’s High Street houses many treasures, but none more than Sanders, a quaint and unusual print shop steeped in history much like the rest of the beautiful city of Oxford.

    Upon entering the medieval building dating back to the 16th Century, I am blown away with the surprising size of not only the space, but also of the collection of rare prints and stunning maps. I am greeted by passionate and knowledgeable staff, and feel comfortable exploring at my own pace knowing that they are ready to help source prints of particular interest if need be. There are very few general print shops left in the UK, however those of us living in, or visiting Oxford have the privilege to see first-hand one of the largest print sellers in Britain, and the only one of its kind outside of London still trading.

    Everything about Sanders ignites a passion for history, from the outstanding building with its creaky wooden floorboards to the vast stock of more than 30,000 antique items some dating back to the 16th Century. This gem of a shop carries something for everyone, from caricatures, portraits, and maritime prints to maps, mezzotints and sporting images all in stunning condition, perfect for gifts, art work, educational references and collections.

    Many presume that fine art print is admired only by the older generation; however Sanders are bringing their creative flair into modern times by adding contemporary pieces which are bold and fun, including prints sourced from Oxford printmakers such as Joseph Winkelman and Ben Pritchard with spectacular aquatints, etchings, and linocuts, all unique in their own way. If vibrant colours are of interest, Sanders has a wide selection of contemporary graphic prints including alphabet illustrations, satires and glass fronted box sculptures displaying three-dimensional imagery, by John Dilnot.

    As I wander further around the quirky range of items, the increasingly popular selection of 18th, 19th and early 20th Century Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints catch my eye. Not only are they amazingly graphical pieces, but Sanders is one of the only galleries selling these masterpieces outside of the capital. The artwork is delicate and opulent in shades of vibrant reds, calming blues and luscious greens. The prints illustrate beautiful blooming flowers, traditional Asian landscapes and elegant geishas, all definitely worth viewing to admire their fine details. It’s not an easy task to describe such a unique shop; you truly do have to visit to see its appeal. So, head to Sanders this summer and you will find the treasures you have always been searching for.

    Further Information

    Rare prints and maps, engravings, 20th Century etchings and views of Oxford the famous University city. This shop may appear small but it holds a vast collection of treasures!

    Six things I loved:
    ✓ The vast range of prints available
    ✓ The interesting history of Sanders and the building
    ✓ The passionate members of staff
    ✓ The magic lantern glasses showing 3D images of Oxford
    ✓ The traveller friendly atmosphere
    ✓ Hearing about the oldest print from 1570!

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