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- Object: A new coat of arms, granted to the h**ds of the U********y of C*******e, since their late edict against dinners.
A coat of arms for Cambridge University, a description being engraved beneath the title: 'Arms Quarterly, first Azure, a Mitre and Fools Cap transverse ways, second, Sable, an Inn shut up, Third, Gules, Caput Universale, on an Asses head, proper, fourth, Argent, A Book entitled Excerpta e statutis, Supporters, Two Cooks weeping, Crest, A Hand holding a Roll of Paper, Motto, Impransi, Juvenes Disquirite'
The inn of the second quarter has a large sign representing some animal and inscribed 'W: Gurford'. Over the door is 'To Lett', while the words 'Licensed' and 'Post Horses' are scored through. The ass's head represents the Caput, different parts of the animal and its bridle being inscribed 'Divinitas', 'Jus civile', 'Medicina', 'Non Regent' and 'Sen Regent', representing the five members of the Caput under the Vice-Chancellor, three being professors of Divinity, Law, and Physic, the other two the senior members of the two houses composing the Senate: the Non-Regent House and the Regent House, the latter being M.A.s under five years' standing. [for the next passage see Comment] On the open pages of the Excerpta e Statutis are (left): 'Moveable Feasts \ Anny of Eton Club \ Anny of True Blue \ St David's Day \ Scholars Clubs', and (right):' Immoveable Feasts \ Trinity Sunday \ Johnny Port \ Latin \ Founders Days \ Masters Clubs \ THE FAMILY'. The dexter weeping cook holds a saucepan upside down, the sinister cook holds a gridiron. The roll of paper in the crest is inscribed 'Capitale judicium'. See BMSat 7017. 21 February 1786
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Height: 315 millimetres
Width: 216 millimetres
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- Timothy Clayton (personal communication, January 2018) has identified the printmaker, "I. B" as John Barlow who was working for Hannah Humphrey in 1786; a preliminary drawing (2008,7035.1) is inscribed "ex dono Vin[i] Reverendi J. W. Poley Pict:" indicating that the designer was John Weller Poley (died 1799), of Boxted Hall, Suffolk, a fellow of Queens' College.
(Description and further comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
C. Wordsworth, 'Social Life in the English Universities in the Eighteenth Century', 1874, p. 38. (For members of the Caput for 1786 see 'Royal Kalendar', 1786, p. 211.) The 'Excerpta e Statutis . . ad officia Scholarium pertinentia' has been issued frequently since 1714. Ibid., p. 66.
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