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Friar Bacon's study, Oxford

Friar Bacon's study, Oxford

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1775

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXIV

Item number: 34-b

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This is an external view of the study of a Franciscan friar, Roger Bacon, an Oxford scholar famous for his unorthodox scientific and mathematical work. By the late 18th century this study, on Folly Bridge, had become a place of pilgrimage for scientists. Samuel Pepys visited it in 1669, remarking: "So to Friar Bacon's study: I up and saw it, and gave the man 1s[hilling] ... Oxford mighty fine place". The building was pulled down in the 18th century to allow for road widening.

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