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West entrance into Christ Church college taken from Pembroke Lane

West entrance into Christ Church college taken from Pembroke Lane

Engraver: Merigot

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1805

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXIV

Item number: 45-I

Genre: Topographical Print

View of a narrow street leading up to St Aldate's Street and the west entrance of Christ Church's college, Oxford. To the left of the picture is St Aldate's church and to the right is the smaller Pembroke college. In the background is Christ Church's huge 'Tom' Tower (so called because it houses the Tom bell), built by Christopher Wren in 1681/2. Its Gothic style was explained by Wren in a letter to his client Dr Fell as a deliberate concord "with the Founder's work", though he also noted that his building was not going to be "so busy as he [the Founder] began".

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