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A charming early 20th Century coloured etching showing a timeless image of the Great Court including the Fountain and Great Gate at Trinity College, Cambridge.

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W-40 H-52 (cm)

Item Reference:

58282-864-2Tip! This item's Ref-Code breaks down thus...
Item Ref Code: 58282-864-2
Item No. 58282 - Dealer No. 864 - Building No. 2


This view of Trinity College, Cambridge, shows a timeless image of the Great Court including the Fountain and Great Gate.
It is a particularly charming coloured etching from the early 20thc which has an indistinct signature in pencil on the mount and is framed appropriately, in what may be the original frame.
Measures 25 cm (wide) x 33 cm (height)
Trinity College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in England. With between 600 and 700 undergraduates, 300 graduates, and over 180 fellows, it is the largest college in either of the Oxbridge universities by number of undergraduates. By combined student numbers, it is the second largest.
Members of Trinity have won 32 Nobel Prizes out of the 91 won by members of Cambridge University, the highest number of any college.
Amongst Trinity’s former students are six British prime ministers, physicists Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell, Ernest Rutherford and Niels Bohr, mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, the poet Lord Byron, philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell (whom it expelled before reaccepting), and Soviet spies Kim Philby, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt.
Two members of the British royal family have studied at Trinity and been awarded degrees as a result: Prince William of Gloucester and Edinburgh, who gained an MA in 1790, and Prince Charles, who was awarded a lower second class BA in 1970. Other royal family members have studied there without obtaining degrees, including King Edward VII, King George VI, and Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester.
In 1848, Trinity hosted the meeting at which Cambridge undergraduates representing private schools such as Westminster drew up the first formal rules of football, known as the Cambridge Rules.
The college was founded by Henry VIII in 1546, from the merger of two existing colleges: Michaelhouse (founded by Hervey de Stanton in 1324), and King's Hall (established by Edward II in 1317 and refounded by Edward III in 1337). At the time, Henry had been seizing church lands from abbeys and monasteries. The universities of Oxford and Cambridge, being both religious institutions and quite rich, expected to be next in line.
Most of Trinity's major buildings date from the 16th and 17th centuries. Thomas Nevile, who became Master of Trinity in 1593, rebuilt and redesigned much of the college, including the enlargement and completion of Great Court.
The motto of Trinity College is “Virtus Vera Nobilitas” (Virtue is True Nobility).
Trinity is the richest Oxbridge college and one of the wealthiest landowners in the UK - along with the Crown Estate, the National Trust and the Church of England. In 2005, Trinity's annual rental income from its properties was reported to be in excess of £20 million, including from: 3,400 acres (14 km2) housing facilities at the Port of Felixstowe, Britain's busiest container port; the Cambridge Science Park; the O2 Arena in London (formerly the Millennium Dome); a 50% stake in a portfolio of Tesco supermarket stores, worth £440 million.
The Great Gate is the main entrance to the college, leading to the Great Court. A statue of the college founder, Henry VIII, stands in a niche above the doorway. In his right hand he holds a table leg instead of the original sword and myths abound as to how the switch was carried out and by whom. In 1704, the University's first astronomical observatory was built on top of the gatehouse. Beneath the founder's statue are the coats of arms of Edward III, the founder of King's Hall, and those of his five sons who survived to maturity, as well as William of Hatfield, whose shield is blank as he died as an infant, before being granted arms.
The Great Court (built principally 1599-1608) was the brainchild of Thomas Nevile, who demolished several existing buildings on the site, including almost the entirety of the former college of Michaelhouse. The Master's Lodge is the official residence of the Sovereign when in Cambridge
The Great Court Run is an attempt to run round the 400-yard perimeter of Great Court (approximately 367m), in the 43 seconds of the clock striking twelve. Students traditionally attempt to complete the circuit on the day of their Matriculation Dinner. It is a rather difficult challenge: one needs to be a fine sprinter to achieve it, but it is by no means necessary to be of Olympic standard, despite assertions made in the press. The Great Court Run was portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire about the British Olympic runners of 1924. Until the mid-1990s, the run was traditionally attempted by first-year students at midnight following the Dinner. Following a number of accidents to undergraduates running on slippery cobbles, a more formal Great Court Run takes place at 12 noon on the day of the Matriculation Dinner: the challenge is only open to freshers, many of whom compete in fancy dress.
One Sunday each June (the exact date depending on the university term), the College Choir perform a short concert immediately after the clock strikes noon. Known as Singing from the Towers, half of the choir sings from the top of the Great Gate, while the other half sings from the top of the Clock Tower approximately 60 metres away, giving a strong antiphonal effect. Midway through the concert, the Cambridge University Brass Ensemble performs from the top of the Queen's Tower.


Item Reference
Height: 52 cm
Width: 40 cm
1900 - 1930, C20th (Early)
Country of Origin
Excellent condition, with clear un-faded colours and in appropriate frame, which may be original


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