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.

Access Information

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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