Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding.

I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop...
It was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.


Monday, 21 March 2016

Treasures of the Dukes of Portland


The BBC News website has a report about the creation of the new Harley Gallery in Nottinghamshire to exibit the collections built up by the Dukes and Earls of Portland - the dukedom, created in 1716 became extinct in 1990 - and the title is now Earl of Portland.

Entitled "Michelangelo's 'silent madonna' on show " and which begins by saying that a work by  Michelangelo  that has not been shown in public for 50 years goes on permanent display at the new gallery can be seen at  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35830877 

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Welbeck Abbey

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Tours of the state rooms at Welbeck Abbey, the ancestral home of the family, are available as can be seen from the website at  Welbeck Abbey State Room Tours | Welbeck Estate and from the Historic Houses Association at Welbeck Abbey.There is an online history of the house at Welbeck Abbey


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 Welbeck Abbey

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The history of the Cavendish-Bentinck family can be read at the online account Earl of Portland

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Arms of the Dukes of Portland 

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