Henricus vi Fundator.To the Provost, Vice-Provost, Fellows, & Scholars of Kings College in the University of Cambridge this portairt of their Royal Founder engraved after a drawing taken from the original painting on glass in the magnificent Chapel of the College is humbly inscribed by their obedt. Humble Servt. J.Bretherton.
aquatint. 411 x 336mm.
King's was founded in 1441 by King Henry VI. His first design was modest, but by 1445 was intended to be a magnificent display of royal patronage. There were to be a Provost and seventy scholars, occupying a substantial site in central Cambridge whose drastic clearance involved the closure of several streets. The college was granted a remarkable series of feudal privileges, and all of this was supported by a substantial series of endowments from the King. The college was to be specifically for boys from Eton College, which he had also founded. The connection with Eton remained strong for many years: it was not until 1865 that the first non-Etonian undergraduates arrived to study at King's, and the first fellow to have not attended Eton was elected in 1873.
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