[Cambridge. King's College, Gateway.] 57.[King's College was founded on its present site in 1440 by Henry VI., a second site being purchased in 1443-49, the King's intention being to unite the College exclusively with the school at Eton which he had recently founded. The influence of the royal founder lasted for many years, and up to 1850 undergraduates of the College received their degree without undergoing the University examinations. For many years it was the most unpopular college in Cambridge by reason of the privileges granted by the King and its immunity from University control. From the very beginning the King had intended the foundation to be regarded as separate from other colleges, at least in degree if not in kind. The gateway to the College is of elaborate but tasteless design, although at the time of its erection it was highly praised. It consists of a rectangular tower and dome 82ft. high standing in the centre of the four pairs of turrets ending in three spires with small pinnacles at each corner of the building. The whole design seems incongruous and lacking in dignity, standing as it does near to and overshadowed by the magnificence of the chapel.]
[n.d. c.1920.] Copyright. F. & M. Ltd., Bedford, Eng.
Etching. 248 x 280mm. 9¾ x 11".
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