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Oxford University's collection of portraits includes unique images of individuals from all walks of life including British and foreign monarchs, leaders of nations, scientists, writers, scholars and artists, who have shaped the history of the nation both from within these shores and in the world at large. Dating from c.1450 to the present day, the collection includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, medals and photographs by celebrated artists and others of regional significance.
Second in size only to the National Portrait Gallery's collection, which is the largest collection of portraits in the world, Oxford University's portrait collection complements that held in the National Portrait Gallery and is of world-wide interest and significance.
Often donated by individuals who are themselves of note, the portraits shed new light on the history of the University and its interaction with other institutions, including government, monarchy and the professions. Dispersed throughout libraries, ceremonial and administrative buildings, teaching and research institutions, they provide visual histories of the foundation and development of academic disciplines and research networks within the University and elsewhere. The portraits contribute towards public understanding of the work of the University, and in the construction of its institutional identity.
Largely unpublished records in Oxford University and College archives and libraries document the commissioning, donation and reception of individual portraits in the collection.
In 2005 the University received a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a one-year pilot project to deliver an online catalogue of the collections of portraits in the University's Examination Schools and at Pembroke College, and to develop a sustainable technical framework with the capacity to include the entire collection of portraits in the University of Oxford and its constituent Colleges. The National Portrait Gallery and Oxford Digital Library are collaborative partners in the project.
The Oxford Portraits website currently offers the following functions:
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Portraits from the University's Examinations Schools are available on Open Access to all users via the VADS website.
Users can also register via the Oxford Portraits website to access the integrated catalogue of both University and College portraits. Users with an email address in the ac.uk domain will receive a password automatically by email return. Other users will normally receive a password within 24 hours.
The images and data held on the Oxford Portraits website are in the copyright of the University of Oxford, Pembroke College, and in some cases, the artist, his or her estate. You may access images and data, and print copies for study purposes and personal use. Please contact Oxford Portraits if you would like to use images or data for any other purpose. We can supply high quality images for reproduction on request.
Dr Annette Peach
Edited by Annette Peach
Oxford Portraits was created in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and Oxford Digital Library. The search options were modelled on those developed for the National Portrait Gallery by Cogapp.
|Data and prototype design and engineering||James Piggot|
|Website design and engineering||James Piggot|
|Website developed using||PHP - Hypertext Preprocessor|
|Website Hosted by||Oxford Digital Library|
|Photography||Studio Edmark, Oxford|
|Database rights||Annette Peach (maker)|
|Illustration reproduction and archiving||Oxford Digital Library|
|Illustrations copyright||© individual copyright holders|
|Research support||Oxford DNB|
|Project support||Arts and Humanities Data Service|
|Project scheme funding||Arts & Humanities Research Council|
|Project development support||History Faculty, University of Oxford|
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