MC:F22/P3 Sketch Book 1865-7
Volume inscribed “Oxford Sketches” containing caricatures, satirical photographs, postcards and some original drawings of well-known University personalities, issues and customs. Some annotations (MS) to aid identification of grouped individuals, usually by name and by college. This document was found catalogued alongside another volume inscribed “Oxford Sketches”, which has similar contents, but which date from long after Hopkins’s death. It is presumed that this arrived at the archives at a different date, and from a different source, and is therefore re-catalogued as MC: P269.
This volume is labelled internally ‘T.H.T. Hopkins, Magd. Coll. Oxford’ and, in ink on the front cover ‘Given by Mr. H. Hamersley, formerly Commoner 1929.’ This volume incorporates some blank leaves and contains 67 sketches, the dated ones covering the period 1865–67 and the outer cover is inscribed 1865. Bound into the volume, at the back, is a printed pamphlet entitled Descriptive Key to Oxford Sketches, Oxford. Published by J. Ryman, High St., this key refers to 100 sketches and explains what all the sketches actually mean.
The volume contains 67 satirical sketches and cartoons. Many contain caricatures of well-known Oxford and national personalities. Most sketches come complete with satirical jibes, poems and jokes. Unfortunately there is no indication of who drew the pictures.
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