Friday, 5 October 2012

Welcome Back!

As a new term begins Sanders would like to send a warm welcome, or a welcome back, to all freshers and to those returning to the city after a well deserved break.

If your student digs are looking a little drab, and your bored of what the annual poster sale at the union has on offer, then we have a huge range of prints and maps in the gallery that could brighten things up a bit.

A piece of history doesn't have to cost the earth and with sale prints beggining at less than £1 anyone can own and enjoy a genuine antique without breaking the bank.

Pop into the gallery to have a rummage through our sale items or browse the website via section to see the range of stock on offer.

Scholars at a Lecture
after William Hogarth
Image 201 x 169 mm, Plate 215 x 177 mm

'Datur Vacuum' ('Leisure time is given for..') is a pun on 'vacuum', carried out in the expressions of the various auditors. These are scholars at Oxford, wearing square topped, round cloth and felt hats. Alfred D.Godley (Oxford in theEighteenth Century, London 1908, p.164) explains that 'all undergraduates on the foundation of Colleges and all graduates except Doctors of Law, Medicine and Music, wear square trencher caps like our own, but in the case of undergraduates without the tuft of "apex", which has now become a tassel. Commoners and servitors have a round cap with a limp crown; the same kind of headgear, but with a higher crown and more elaborately pleated, is worn by Doctors of Law, Medicine and Music, also by "nobelmen", ...' The reader is supposed to be William Fisher (d.1761) of Jesus College, Oxford, registrar of the University.

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