Jane Gray (b.1931)

Arms of University of Cambridge Design for Stained Glass Window



23 x 21 cm

Detailed in artist’s hand

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest universities, with groups of scholars first congregating at the ancient Roman trading post of Cambridge for the purpose of study in 1209, the first college (Peterhouse) being founded in 1284. The university was granted its arms some years later in 1573 by Robert Cooke, Clarenceux King of Arms and a graduate of St. John’s College. The granted arms are described in heraldic terminology, or blazon, as follows: Gules on a Cross Ermine between four Lions passant guardant Or a Bible fesswise Gules clasped and garnished Or the clasps in base.

Provenance: the artist’s studio sale.

Condition: very good.

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