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The Martyrs’ Memorial in 1842


Martyrs' Memorial in 1842

This engraving was published by J. Newman of Budge Row, London on 16 March 1842.

On the left are the 1826 Basevi Buildings of Balliol College in Magdalen Street East; the Salvin Buildings to the north were not built until 1853.

On the right are the shops of Magdalen Street West, with the small shops that formed the first Elliston & Cavell’s to the south. The tall building to the north must have been demolished to make way for the Randolph Hotel in 1866.

The Ashmolean Museum and the Taylor Institution were in the process of being built when the drawing was made.

As the Martyrs’ Memorial itself was not completed until 1843, this drawing must be an artist’s impression of what it was expected to look like: perhaps it was used for fund-raising purposes. The original owner of the print (John Price) wrote underneath it:

“This Monument was erected and nearly completed when I visited Oxford in October 1842; also a Building on the West side of this Memorial for Reading Rooms, Sculpture & Picture Galleries & at a Cost of Fifty Thousand Pounds, builder Messrs Bakers, Architect Cockerill of London.”

 

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