|Dimensions||Image 450 x 498 mm, Sheet 677 x 710 mm|
Scarce full plate almanack of Pembroke College including calendar. This almanac depicts an architectural view of Pembroke College as well as a scene of James I delivering the charter of the foundation to Lord Pembroke. The founders of the college, Thomas Tesdale and Richard Wightwick, stand beside the King. The Bishop Hall of Bristol holds a plan for the Master's Lodgings on the left. Also featured are Sir John Bennet, and a putto who holds the designs to a hall never built.
George Vertue (1684-1756) was an antiquary and engraver. Vertue had a deep interest in antiquarian research, and much of his work was devoted to this subject. From 1713 onwards, Vertue dedicated his research on details of the history of British art, resultings in extensive notebooks now in the Britsh Library. The contents of which were the basis of Horace Walpole's 1762 Anecdotes of Painting. There are approximately five hundred portraits are attributed to Vertue, an equivalent number of published plates were devoted to antiquarian subjects.
Condition: Margins worn and repaired with some repaired tears, one to the left just affecting image. Light vertical fold to the centre.