Old England: A Pictorial Museum (page 49/50)

[picture: 2155.---Dee.]


“The most eminent of the names intimately connected with astrology, in modern [1840s] times at least, is that of John Dee (Fig. 2155), a man of remarkable ability and learning, who at the age of twenty made a tour on the Continent for the purpose—unusual with persons of his age—of holding scientific converse with the most eminent European scholars. [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 2156.---Kelly.]


“It is in connection [... with ...] Edward Kelly (Fig. 2156) that the lovers of the miraculous have become most familiar with the name of Doctor Dee [see Fig. 2155]. Kelly entered his service as an assistant in 1581, and then, according to the ordinary accounts, were commenced the “conversations with spirits.” The two magicians, it seems, had a black [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 2157.---John Gadbury]

2157.—John Gadbury

John Gadbury published a popular almanack (alamanac) in the seventeenth century. He has a moustache and a small goatee beard. [$]

[picture: 2175.---Chancel of St. Giles, Cripplegate.]

2175.—Chancel of St. Giles, Cripplegate.

This is a picture of the inside of the church now called St. Giles-without-Cripplegate (‘without’ being an old word meaning ‘outside’ or ‘beyond’). The modern church was largely rebuilt after being badly damaged by bombs in the War, but when this drawing was done it was probably still the mediaeval interior, [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 2271.---Oxford from the Abingdon Road.]

2271.—Oxford from the Abingdon Road.

“If in one of those magic freaks of which eastern tales are so full, a person who had never seen Oxford or Cambridge, nor paid much attention to aught he might have read about them, were set down just outside on of these cities, say, for instance, Oxford, and on the Abingdon road (Fig. 2271), and were conducted from thence into its streets and among [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: King's College Chapel, Cambridge.]

King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.

The Sixteenth-Century chapel at King’s College in Cambridge University is famous not only for its music but also for its fabulous architecture. This 1845 engraving shows not only the amazing vaulted stone ceiling but [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 2280.---The Pepysian Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge]

2280.—The Pepysian Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge

The Pepys library holds over 3,000 volumes; the building probably dates from 1700 or so. [more...] [$]

[picture: Hall of Christ Church College  Oxford]

Hall of Christ Church College Oxford

“Christchurch, you have no doubt heard, is the richest, most magnificent, and most celebrated of all the collegiate establishments of Oxford. It is the especial resort of the sons of the richest gentry and [...]Sir Robert Peel was educated here. It has been honoured by hosts of men who have belonged to a different aristocracy,—men who are seldom acknowledged to be illustrious during their lives, but whom none deny to be so for every afterwards. Sydney, Ben Jonson, Otway, Locke, Penn, and Canning, were all members of Christ’s. [Note: I have linked these to the Nuttall Encyclop√¶dia, I hope correctly! Liam] The founder was Wolsey; and every thing one sees here harmonises with the associations suggested by his name, although his scheme was [only] in part accomplished.” (p. 291) [more...] [$]

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