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Drawings by Charlotte Esther Coxe


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Drawings, with a few photographs, of English baptismal fonts, chiefly by Mrs. Charlotte Esther Coxe, widow of Bodley's Librarian. The collection, which includes about 2, 400 sketches, was begun by miss Christian Rigaud, continued by Mrs. Coxe, and arranged alphabetically under counties in 1914 by miss Blanche Wroughton. The sketches, many of which are coloured, are signed and are all mounted on stout paper and kept in portfolios.


  • Creation: 1845-1895


2.31 Linear metres (21 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Top. eccl. b. 2, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Top. eccl. b. 2-22

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12880


Drawings by Charlotte Esther Coxe

Biographical / Historical

Charlotte Esther Coxe was the wife of Henry Octavius Coxe (1811-81), Bodley's Librarian. Details of Henry Octavius Coxe are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. VI, nos. 36676-36696.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The drawings were presented to the Library by Rev. Hilgrove Coxe on June 3, 1914.

Physical Facet

On paper

Drawings by Charlotte Esther Coxe
Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom