Drawings of Italian Renaissance architecture

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 206 Ripon Cathedral MS 51
  • Dates of Creation
      17th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Spanish English
  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (29 ff.) parchment and paper Modern pencil foliation. The watermark in the paper endpaper is of the "three circles" type; similar marks are found in Spanish manuscripts of the end of the 17th century. The drawings may have been made by a Spanish traveller in Italy, since on the endpaper at the back of the volume is an inscription in 17th century Spanish "Son treynta ojas (hojas) las de vitela de arquitectura..." (i.e. "There are 30 folios of parchment, of architecture"); the rest of the inscription has been scored through and cannot be deciphered. There are signatures on the parchment front cover, namely: "R. D. Waddilove" and "Robt.D. Oxley, Thorpe Lodge, Ripon". An earlier inscription has been erased and there are some arithmetical calculations

Scope and Content

Contains drawings in ink, on one side of the folio only, of Italian Renaissance architecture. These drawings do not appear to be identifiable with any particular buildings, although the "columna viniata" on f.7 is similar to that in St Peter's Rome, and the curved staircase on f.25 recalls that in the chteau of Chambord

Administrative / Biographical History

The author of the volume is unknown

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Once in the possession of Dean Waddilove, who lived in Spain from 1771 to 1780, as chaplain to Lord Grantham, ambassador to the Court of Madrid, and may possibly have brought the volume back from Spain


In Spanish and English

Additional Information

Formerly shelved as XVIII.J.25