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Wadham College, founded in 1610, has a collection of 98 pictures in oil, mostly portraits and overwhelmingly of former Wardens, Fellows, and distinguished former students. They include contemporary portraits of the founders, Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham, of James I and Charles I, of Admiral Robert Blake and of Sir Christopher Wren, and of various political figures such as Lords Westbury, Simon, and Birkenhead (F. E. Smith), Lord Chancellors, and the Labour Party Leader Michael Foot. It is stressed that the paintings at Wadham College are not in public ownership. In accordance with the charitable aims of the College, which is a private institution, we are including our paintings on this website to widen public awareness and for the benefit of scholarship. The portraits, which are the private property of the College, are scattered in various locations through the College, with the most significant in the Hall. Many are in rooms not normally accessible to the public, and the Hall is only occasionally open. The College is committed to making them accessible to serious students and to other members of the public with a special interest in particular artists or sitters. Given reasonable notice, access can be arranged through the Keeper of Pictures. Enquirers should in the first instance contact the Finance Bursar’s secretary (

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