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Manuscript 'school piece' by Thomas Hartley at Mr Earle's Academy, Deptford

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MS. 22056
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Manuscript 'school piece' signed 'Thomas Hartley, At Mr. Earle's Academy, Deptford, the 18th of December, 1754', in a contemporary frame.

The piece has an elaborate foliage border containing perching birds around a central panel. The heading 'PIECE' is written in decorative letters and the Thomas Hartley inscription is surrounded by calligraphic flourishes within a reserved diamond below the central panel.

The central panel is ruled into alternating single and double column areas. The single column areas contain six two-line Latin quotations in two scripts, with the final seventh space containing a two-line quotation in a third script from Pope's Essay on Criticism possibly punning on 'piece'. The five areas between the Latin quotations are divided into double columns. Each column has four-lines of English quotations which are written in two scripts.


  • Creation: 18 Dec 1754


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

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MS. 22056

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 22056


Manuscript 'school piece' by Thomas Hartley at Mr Earle's Academy, Deptford, 1754.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by the Bodleian Library with the generous support of the Friends of the Bodleian from Campagna Collections, 2020.

Physical Facet

School piece mounted on panel: 540 x 372 x 11mm Frame: 624 x 460 x 23mm; sight edge 524 x 362mm The school piece is written in iron gall ink on a half sheet of laid paper which has been mounted on a softwood panel 11mm thick, made from two boards butt-jointed together. The panel is housed in a contemporary glazed simplified 'Hogarth style' frame; a black lacquered frame with an inner gilded sanded fillet with simple lip moulding. The lacquer and gilding have some later overpainting, but traces of a blue paper found in the rebate and edges of the panel show that the frame is original to the piece.

Catalogue of manuscript 'school piece' by Thomas Hartley at Mr Earle's Academy, Deptford
Andrew Honey and Rachael Marsay
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
First edition

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom