On Christ Church Windows, Oxon, by Mr J. C.

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 32
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      12 ff. Booklet, with the poem written on recto sides only. The final list of "stories" seems to be in the same hand but with another pen. Carefully inset on outer bottom corner of f.12 is a piece of paper bearing on recto the signature "Henry Gyles 1660". At top of f.1r in a hand of ca.1650-1700 is "Borrow'd of G.P.". Bound in grey cloth on boards, with free endpapers and pastedowns both of laid paper of ? ca.1750, and one end flyleaf in addition preceding free endpaper. A small round label inscribed "707" is on front cover at top.

Scope and Content

Vigorous defence against Puritan accusations of idolatry of the scriptural scenes depicted in the new stained-glass windows in the chapel of Christ Church, Oxford, describing them and praising the painter's art. Followed (f.12r) by a list of "Stories mentioned in this poem".

Administrative / Biographical History

John Cleveland, the poet and satirist, was born in Loughborough in 1613. Although his education was Puritan, by the time he went up to Christ's College, Cambridge, his sympathies were with the Royalist cause. He became a Fellow of St. John's and lived in Cambridge for nine years.In 1655 he was imprisoned as a Royalist and spent three months in Yarmouth gaol, before securing his release by means of a petition to Cromwell. He died in London, at Gray's Inn, in 1658. He was associated with the Cavalier poets, including Carewe, Suckling and Lovelace.

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Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Bought from Quaritch (Sotheby), May 1971


In English

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Custodial History

Owned by Henry Gyles, 1660

Additional Information

Not certainly by Cleveland