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Collection Level Description: Drawings of Oxfordshire Collected by William Upcott

Reference: MSS. Top. Oxon. a. 35-9
Title: Drawings of Oxfordshire Collected by William Upcott
Dates of Creation: 18th-19th cent.
Extent: 5 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

William Upcott (1779-1845) was an antiquary and autograph collector. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

'Drawings in Oxfordshire.' Six volumes containing for the most part prints with a considerable number (over 300) of pencil and other drawings interspersed, done by various hands in the 18th and 19th century. The subjects are almost exclusively buildings and architectural details. There is an index to the drawings only of all 6 volumes in Vol. I, from which it appears that they are chiefly from the hands of T. Fischer and A. Pugin, together with a number for Blenheim Palace by Sir J. Vanbrugh. The nucleus of the collection was formed by William Upcott.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was bought at Sotheby's in 1928.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

P.S. Spokes, Summary Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library relating to the city county and university of Oxford. Accessions from 1916 to 1962 (Oxford, 1964).

Access Points

Architecture | England | Oxfordshire

Fischer | T

Pugin | A

Upcott | William | 1779-1845 | Antiquary and Autograph Collector

Vanbrugh | John | 1664-1726 | Sir | Knight, Dramatist, Architect, and Herald

Blenheim Palace

Oxfordshire (England)

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