Drawings by Sir Robert Taylor

Scope and Content

Two volumes of drawings by Sir Robert Taylor, mostly in pen, ink and wash, of funerary monuments, rococo chimneypieces, and a volume containing problems in geometry and mensuration, n.d.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Robert Taylor (1714-88) was an architect and sculptor. He bequeathed a portion of his estate to the University of Oxford 'for erecting a proper Edifice for establishing a Foundation for the teaching & improving of the European Languages'. Due to a dispute between Taylor's son and the University, it was several years before Taylor's wish could be realised. The two parties finally reached a settlement in 1835, and the Taylor Institution was founded in 1845. See the Dictionary of National Biography for details.

Conditions Governing Access

For admissions procedures please contact the library on tay-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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