Memorial: M3326

                              

Monument at Merton College Chapel, Oxford commemorating Henry Savile d. 1622

Location

Merton College chapel, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Transcript

‘MS / HENRICVS SAVILE MILES COLLEGII / MERTONENSIS CUSTOS / ETONENSIS PRAEPOSITV / FVI / EXVVIAS CORPORIS FRVSTRA SIT QVI HIC QVAERAT / SERVAT PRAENOBILE DEPOSITVM ETONA / PERENNEM VIRTVTVM AC BENEFACTORVM / MEMORIAM / QVIBVS COLLEGIVM VTRVMQ. ACADEMIAM IMPRIMIS / OXONIENSEM COMPLEXVS EST, IPSVMQVE ADEO / MVNDVM HABET SIBI DEBENDI REVM / AFFECTVS INSVPER PENTISSIMAE UXORIS / POSSIDET ISTE LAPIS B.M.P. Margereta Coniux obsequentissima / in hoc uno quod posuit pie immorigera / OBIIT Ao DNI CIC . ICC . XXI, FERBRVAR : XIX’ [painted over figures] 'Chrystsostomus', 'Ptolomaeus', 'Euclides', 'Tacitus'.

Details

Description: Within an architectural surround, a half-length figure of Savile, holding a book, his shield of arms behind. He is flanked by two figures on each side - representing Euclid, Ptolomy, Tacitus and St John Chrysostom. Two putti and Fame are placed at the top of the monument. Painted views of Merton College and Eton - institutions over which Savile presided, flank the inscription. Below it is a painted globe showing the southern hemisphere, with the route of Magellan's voyage.
Type: Monument

People

Saville, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 1622
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Scholar
Organisation: Merton College; Eton

Extra

Notes: Savile founded two chairs at Oxford - Astronomy (Ptolomy) and Geometry (Euclid). Savile also studied the four authors depicted.
Bibliography: Jean Wilson 'Ethics Girls', 'Church Monuments' vol xiii (1998), p. 91.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2018
Photographer: B. Tomlinson

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