Filling the Wren Library Shelves

The completed Wren Library was on a scale unseen elsewhere in England at the time. One early visitor, Celia Fiennes, wrote in 1697 The Library farre exceeds that of Oxford, the Staires are wanscoated and very large and easye ascent all of Cedar wood, the room spacious and lofty paved with black and white marble, …

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A Very Trevelyan Christmas

Trinity College Library is home to the archive of poet and dramatist, Robert Calverley Trevelyan and his Dutch wife Elizabeth, a musician. Robert and Elizabeth Trevelyan, who married in 1900, had a wide circle of friends from many countries, including writers, musicians, family, and members of the Bloomsbury Group. Many items in the collection of …

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Portraits in the Wren, part 2

An earlier blog described the portraits which hang in the Wren Library, some of which have been there since the completion of the building in 1695. Several later portraits hang on the staircase to the Wren. Below is a brief description of each of the subjects of the portraits: Henry Jackson graduated from Trinity prior …

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Pittoni’s ‘Allegorical Monument to Sir Isaac Newton’

Giovanni Battista Pittoni’s imposing oil painting ‘An Allegorical Monument to Sir Isaac Newton’ returned to the Wren Library last week following an absence of over a year during which time it was displayed in the exhibitions Eblouissante Venise at the Grand Palais, Paris and Canaletto e Venezia in the Doge’s Palace, Venice. The painting, which …

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Portraits in the Wren Library (1)

Ten portraits hang in the Wren Library. They form part of a collection largely put together after the completion of the building in 1695. Portraits including sculpture were a recognised part of Library furnishing at that time and these paintings joined the sculptures described in an earlier blog. Most are an imposing size (over 2 …

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Italian Books in the Crewe Collection

The Crewe Collection comprises books in several different languages. The works in Italian, amounting to just 121 volumes, represent a tiny fraction of the total, but are nevertheless of great interest, and provide a reliable insight in the collecting habits of Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-1885). Although several books bear the bookplate of Richard’s son, Robert …

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