English baroque at it's finest. King Charles I and Henrietta Maria, his catholic queen, face one another across "The Quadrangle" of St.John College Oxford.

This detailed bookend set is an iconic reference to one of Britain’s most prestigious colleges, Oxford University. 

The Canterbury Quadrangle at St Johns College Oxford was the first example of Italian Renaissance architecture in Oxford. The three connected Libraries are situated here including the Old Library, The Laudian Library and The Paddy.

On 1 May 1555, Sir Thomas White, lately Lord Mayor of London, obtained a Royal Patent of Foundation to create an eleemosynary institution for the education of students within the University of Oxford. White, a Roman Catholic, originally intended St John's to provide a source of educated Roman Catholic clerics to support the Counter-Reformation under Queen Mary, and indeed Edmund Campion, the Roman Catholic martyr, studied here.

White acquired buildings on the east side of St Giles', north of Balliol and Trinity Colleges, which had belonged to the former College of St Bernard, a monastery and house of study of the Cistercian order that had been closed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Initially the new St John's College was rather small and not well endowed financially. During the reign of Elizabeth I the fellows lectured in rhetoric, Greek, and dialectic, but not directly in theology. However, St John's initially had a strong focus on the creation of a proficient and educated priesthood.

White was Master of the Merchant Taylors' Company, and established a number of educational foundations, including the Merchant Taylors' School. Although the College was closely linked to such institutions for many centuries, it became a more open society in the later 19th century. This pair of models is based on the central parts of Canterbury Quadrangle featuring a statue of King Charles I on one and his wife Henrietta Maria on the other. This quad is the first example of Italian Renaissance architecture in Oxford, completed in 1636

It is the wealthiest college in Oxford.



St. John's Oxford

SKU: TR012
  • Dimensions (each bookend): 10″h x 6″w x 2″d