Walter Stapledon

  • Author: Rudolph Ackermann
  • Date: 1814
  • Medium: Aquatint
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 12.5 x 15.75
  • Centimeters: 32.05 x 40.38
  • Price: $250.00

This portrait was original printed for Rudolph Ackermann’s A History of The University of Oxford by L. Harrison and J.C. Leigh in London circa 1814. Displayed in Ackermann’s publication was a series of historical buildings, views of Oxford and portraits of those who help establish colleges and public buildings in the University of Oxford.

Walter Stapledon was a Devon man who rose from a humble background to become Bishop of Exeter and Treasurer of England under Edward II. He founded Exeter College at Oxford in 1314 to provide an educated clergy for his diocese. During its first centuries, Exeter drew its members mainly from Devon and Cornwall. In the next century the College's fortunes were transformed. This was largely due to the generosity of Sir William Petre, a former undergraduate and, like Stapeldon, a Devonian and one of the leading statesmen of his time. Petre gave the College much new property, widened the area of its recruitment, and revised its constitution.
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