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 


Welbeck Abbey


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


 Welbeck Abbey


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

Coat of Arms of the Duke of Portland.svg 

Arms of the Dukes of Portland 

Image: Wikipedia

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