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The architectural drawings of Magdalen College, Oxford number some thousand items and make up a collection unparalleled at any other Oxford or Cambridge college. They span three centuries, from the early eighteenth century to the present day, and contain many beautiful contributions from someof the great names of English architecture including Nicholas Hawksmoor, James Wyatt, John Nash, Humphry Repton, A. W. N. Pugin, and leading members of the Scott dynasty. This is the first comprehensive catalogue of the collection, lavishly illustrated in both colour and black and white. It isprefaced by a detailed introductory essay by Roger White which sets the drawings in their context, and provides an overview of the architectural evolution of this most famously picturesque of Oxford colleges. The catalogue has been compiled with the assistance of Robin Darwall-Smith, Archivist,Magdalen College.
Nicholas Hawksmoor (1662–1736) is one of English history’s greatest architects, outshone only by Christopher Wren, under whom he served as an apprentice. A major figure in his own time, he was involved in nearly all the grandest architectural projects of his age, and he is best known for his London churches, six of which still stand today. Hawksmoor wasn’t always appreciated, however: for decades after his death, he was seen as at best a second-rate talent. From the Shadows tells the story of the resurrection of his reputation, showing how over the years his work was ignored, abused, and altered—and, finally, recovered and celebrated. It is a story of the triumph of talent and of the power of appreciative admirers like T. S. Eliot, James Stirling, Robert Venturi, and Peter Ackroyd, all of whom played a role in the twentieth-century recovery of Hawksmoor’s reputation.
"The medieval stained glass of St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich, is the most important collection in a country rich in this medium. The glass is of exceptional quality and was painted in the city. It reflects the personal, religious and political interests in Norwich's urban elite, who were worshipping in the leading parish church of one of England's largest cities." "This illustrated volume reconstructs the glazing of much of the eastern arm of the church using extensive documentary and antiquarian evidence. The windows provide opportunities for the discussion of narrative, display and audience, and the glass is set in a local and national stylistic context. There is biographical information relating to all known Norwich glaziers from 1400 to the Reformation; this will constitute a invaluable resource for stained glass studies in the future. The reader will also find details of the documentary evidence for the furnishing and liturgy of St Peter Mancroft; transcripts of all the documents relating to the church's medieval glazing; and descriptions of panels from Mancroft now in other collections."--BOOK JACKET.
The story of Oxford University Press spans five centuries of printing and publishing, leading from the early days of printing to worldwide publishing in academic research, education, and English language learning. How Oxford gained its Press Volume I begins with the successive attempts to establish printing at Oxford from 1478 onwards. Expert contributors chart the activities of individual printers, the eventualestablishment of a university printing house, its relationship with the University, and developments in printing under Archbishop Laud, John Fell, and William Blackstone. They explore the Press's scholarly publications and place in the book trade, and its growing influence on the city of Oxford.
"Including the fruits of new research, this book provides a reassessment of Vanbrugh's place in landscape architectural history that will necessitate a rethinking of Baroque landscape design. It is for academics and students and, with its illustrations and insights into many of England's most famous sites, will also appeal to the numerous visitors to Vanbrugh's most famous creations."--BOOK JACKET.
An examination of Inigo Jones's work within the context of the European early seventeenth century classicist movement. Includes a broad survey of contemporary architecture in Italy, Germany, France and the Netherlands, as well as a close examination of Jones's buildings.
Sanderson Miller (1716-80), of Radway in south Warwickshire, is well known for his architecture, but his creative landscape designs have been largely overlooked. Through meticulous research and a selection of illustrations, this book attempts to paint a portrait of Sanderson's life.
Brasenose College, Oxford was founded in 1509 by a Bishop (William Smith) and a lawyer (Richard Sutton). Both came from the North West of England, and the College has always been proud of its links with Lancashire and Cheshire. But over the centuries Brasenose - or 'B.N.C.' as it is usuallyknown - has expanded its reputation world-wide: in sport, law, politics, literature. This is the first general history of Brasenose for more than a hundred years. Using college archives, letters, and diaries, it aims to re-create something of the variety and texture of academic life over a period offive centuries: the learning, the conversation, the sport; the intellectual milieu, and physical setting; the architecture inside and out; the food and drink, the quirks of personality, the little dramas, and absurdities that make up the small change of corporate living.Brasenose was the first Oxford college to admit undergraduates on a statutory basis; and the first of the men's colleges to decide to admit women. From Walter Pater to William Golding; from Earl Haig to Archbishop Runcie; from Prince Obolenski to Colin Cowdrey; from Elias Ashmole and John Buchan toMichael Palin and David Cameron: Brasenose has never been short of personalities. The originator of rugby football (William Webb Ellis), the inventor of bottled beer (Alexander Nowell), the lyricist of Danny Boy (Fred Weatherley) the father of political economy (Sir William Petty), the physicist whodiscovered the fuel cell (Sir William Grove): all these were Brasenose men. Here Vincent's Club was founded. Here Brideshead Revisited was born: Sebastian was a Brasenose man. Here C. S. Lewis looked into a chapel wardrobe and emerged in the kingdom of Narnia.For the first time, this original and entertaining narrative places all these people, and hundreds more, in the context of college life and in the wider world of university politics. Brasenose is very far from being a dull, institutional history. It bubbles with anecdote and incident. This iscollective biography on an epic scale
All Souls College in Oxford is a unique academic institution and has had a unique history. But its history has been little known and its fortunes in the period 1600-1850 have been viewed, if at all, through the eyes of the Victorian university "reformers". This volume explores for the first time the "ancien r�gime" in All Souls on its own terms. It brings together sixteen substantial studies of some of the college's most significant figures, among them the architect and polymath Christopher Wren and the great eighteenth-century lawyer William Blackstone. Its chapters trace the involvement of the College's fellows in the wider world: as key figures in the developing legal profession in London, negotiating the complexities of the English Civil War and the Restoration, as active in national and ecclesiastical politics, as innovators of early modern "science" and technology, as participants in philosophical and intellectual debate, as significant patrons of art and architecture with European connections, and as administrators of British imperial interests and missionary efforts in the Caribbean and India.
"The purpose of this ... volume is the publication of ... [Ms. DD. Radcl. c. 39, in the Bodleian Library, entitled Workmens contracts and bills for building the Radcliffe Library] together with relevant extracts from the Minute books of the trustees and a history of the library to 1866."--Pref., p. [v].

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