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About Ashmolean Museum

The present Ashmolean was created in 1908 by combining two ancient Oxford institutions: the University Art Collection and the original Ashmolean Museum. The older partner in this merger, the University Art Collection, was based for many years in what is now the Upper Reading Room in the Bodleian Library. The collection began modestly in the 1620s with a handful of portraits and curiosities displayed in a small room on the upper floor. In 1636 and 1657, Archbishop Laud and Ralph Freke added notable collections of coins and medals, later installed in a strong room of their own and now incorporated into the Ashmolean coin collection.

The objects of curiosity included Guy Fawkes’ lantern and a sword said to have been given by the pope to Henry VIII, both now in the Ashmolean, as well as a number of more exotic items, including Jacob’s Coat of Many Colours, long since lost. However, as there was a museum for curiosities of this kind in the University Anatomy Theatre, objects like this tended to go there or to the Ashmolean, after it opened in 1683, leaving the Bodleian gallery to develop as a museum of art.

Christmas Greetings Cards - From the Ashmolean Museum

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Black Bear Cub
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Partridge in a Pear Tree
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Trees in Snow
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Dublin under Snow

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Snow on Radnor Hills
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London Snow
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Robin
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3 Ships

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Snow Scene
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Robin
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Christmas
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The Star

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Midwinter
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Shepherds Arriving
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Oxford from Ferry Hinksey
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Welcome the Day

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Nativity (Illuminated Manuscript)
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Virgin & Child
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Stag
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Deer's Call

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Fujikawa
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Flock and the Star
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Revolving Moon
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Village Scene

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Virgin and Child
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Snow Crystal
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Old Headington
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Nine Ladies Dancing

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A light blanket of snow
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Nativity
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Stir-up Sunday
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Robin amongst holly leaves

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Christmas Gifts (Nativity)
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Snow at Benten Shrine at Inokoshira Pond
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Beijing Snow Scene
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View of Benten Shrine, Kinryuzan Temple, Asakusa in snow

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Ship's Screw on a Railway Truck
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View from the Library of the Queen's College, Oxford: Oxford Almanack 1972