The Oxford Almanack for the Year of Our Lord God MDCCXXVIII, Being Bissextile or Leap Year – All Souls College
Engraver George Vertue British
Publisher Oxford University Press British
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The Oxford Almanack is a broadside printed annually to circulate a university calendar and has been published since 1674. This 1728 example includes a view of the back quadrangle at All Souls College. Designed in the eighteenth century by Nicholas Hawskmoor, it used gothic details on the exterior to reflect the fifteenth-century chapel and front quad, but combined these with classical interiors. A second image represents Archbishop Henry Chichele presenting a petition for the college's foundation to Henry V–once established in 1427, All Souls would serve as memorial to the king and to English soldiers killed in the Hundred Years' War. The calendar below is flanked by lists of British monarchs and officers of the university.