The Rev.d John Wooll D.D. Master of Rugby School.Proof.
London: Pub.d Nov.r 24 1813, by Mess.rs Colnaghi & Co, Cockspur Str.t Hay Market.
Proof mezzotint with very large margins. 400 x 300mm (15¾ x 11¾"). Mounted on album paper. Uncut.
John Wooll (1767-1833, headmaster of Rugby School from 1806 to 1827. Educated at Winchester College, Balliol College Oxford and New College, Wooll held a fellowship at New College from 1788 until 1799, when he was appointed headmaster of Midhurst Free Grammar School. He bacame headmaster at Rugby School in 1807 and embarked on a rebuilding programme which included a chapel in 1820. Initially the numbers of pupils grew, exceeding 380, making Rugby second only in size to Eton, but after 1818, perhaps because of his reputation for excessive flogging, numbers fell, dropping to 123 by the end of 1827, prompting his resignation in 1828. Wooll settled in Worthing, Sussex, where he died in 1833. A monument was erected to his memory in the school chapel at Rugby.
Whitman 625, i of ii. Ex: collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
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