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Object: The Oxford Almanack For the Year of our Lord God MDCCXXXIII
Series: The Oxford Almanac
A view of St John's College, on a scroll against a landscape background; in three frames below are Archbishop Laud, to left, praying, with a four-headed demon in front of him; in the centre, Sir Thomas White, the founder, with figures of charity and Aesculapius; to right, Bishop Juxon leading Charles I to the scaffold.
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Height: 367 millimetres (image)
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Width: 438 millimetres (image)
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- See Helen Mary Petter, 'The Oxford Almanacks' (Oxford 1974), p. 59.
Mr Green was paid £4.4s.0d. for the design and Mr Debosc was paid £52.10s.0d. for engraving two plates. This was probably Claude Du Bosc, who also engraved a plate for 1720. The buildings are taken from David Loggan, 'Oxonia Illustrata' (1675).
Dr Ducarel, librarian of Lambeth Palace, who collected the almanacs and annotated them, recorded that the illustration of Laud menaced by 'an Hydra of Sectaries' caused some offence; Petter quotes a letter from Michael Wodhull, a Whig writing as 'LL' in the 'Gentleman's Magazine' of 1791 (vol. 61, pt. I, p. 207) who acquired Ducarel's collection and published it: he was shocked by Ducarel's description of this almanac, because he called Laud 'praecursor Caroli' and Charles the First his 'blessed master', suggesting blasphemous parallels with Christ and his 'forerunner' John the Baptist.
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