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ยป Henry Aldrich (1648 -1710) - An Oxford Universal Man

Henry Aldrich (1648 -1710) - An Oxford Universal Man

3rd November 2010 - 30th January 2011 (extended to 6th February due to popular demand)

Albrecht Dürer, St Jerome in his study, 1514



Henry Aldrich, Dean of Christ Church from 1689 to his death in 1710 was a true polymath: Anglican divine, politician, scholar, collector, musician, architect, to name but a few of his talents and occupations. This concentration of interests and activities combined with a powerful post enabled Aldrich to promote and utilise them and made him ‘one of the most eminent men in England’ in the late 17th century. This exhibition  concentrated on Henry Aldrich the collector, looking especially at his collection of prints which includes works by Dürer, Mantegna and Marcantonio Raimondi. What distinguishes Aldrich from other print collectors was the way in which he used the prints for his own designs; be it for the Oxford Almanack, for stained-glass windows or architecture. The exhibition investigated some of these designs and  visually explained how figures from Raphael’s paintings in the Vatican found their way into the Oxford Almanack.

St Jerome in his Study, Albrecht Durer, 1514


Aldrich’s considerable influence on the academic, political and social life of Oxford (and England) was also explored during a study day on Friday 21st January 2011 at Christ Church, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre. The event was open to the public and tickets for the day (including coffee/lunch/tea) were £20 full price and £15 for student, senior and unemployed concessions.








Almanack and prints A3.pdf15.25 KB
Henry Aldrich programme FINAL.pdf14.95 KB

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