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Object: The Oxford Almanack For the Year of our Lord God MDCCXXXIV
Series: The Oxford Almanac
View of the Canterbury Quad of St John's College, with a statue in a niche above an arched entrance in the far side and flying putti holding a picture of the College's founder, Sir Thomas White; with Dr Sherard on the left, holding a plan of the Botanical Gardens, kneeling beside Oxonia who sits under a neo-classical porch, receiving a procession of officials, headed by Archbishop Laud, who had the quadrangle built. Behind him are past Presidents of the College: Archbishop Juxon, Bishop Buckridge of Ely, Bishop Mew of Winchester; College benefactors: Edward Waple and Dr Woodroffe; a group of physicians: Sir William Paddy, physician of King James I and founder of the Choir of St John's, and Dr Gibbons; and finally George Benson and Tobias Rustat. 1731
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Height: 347 millimetres (image)
Height: 500 millimetres
Width: 443 millimetres (image)
Width: 450 millimetres (trimmed)
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- See Helen Mary Petter, 'The Oxford Almanacks' (Oxford 1974), p. 59; Alexander.
The Canterbury Quadrangle was built by Archbishop Laud in 1631-36. Vertue records in 1729 that he 'drew St John's Coll. quadrangle, Collonade, and front of of the 2 great arches designed by Inigo Jones (not certain)'. Both plates were engraved by Vertue.
Alexander notes that this is one of the few Almanacks designed not in Oxford, but by Vertue himself, who often engraved the architectural elements from drawings made in Oxford, often after existing engravings.
Kieran Owens kindly points out that the 'Derby Mercury' of Thursday 20 December 1733 provides a fuller description
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