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.
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