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Printed images: Firth

A guide describing some of the notable collections of picture prints and illustrations in Bodleian Library collections, with information about catalogue resources.

About the Collection

The collection of Charles Harding Firth contains a variety of prints relating to widely-studied parts of British history, such as:

  • four scrapbook volumes comprised of portraits of 17th century British subjects, including some later reproductions and portraits of Oliver Cromwell;
  • one volume of topographical views relating to the siege of Colchester in 1648;
  • 25 volumes of political cartoons and caricatures, some of which are not found in the British Museum Collection, that form part of important collections of British political cartoons focusing mainly on social satires.


Access Information

Prints in the Firth collection can be accessed in the following ways:

  • The portraits are shelfmarked under Firth a.1-4;
  • Portraits of Oliver Cromwell are shelfmarked under Firth b.13;
  • Topographical views of the siege of Colchester are catalogued under Firth b.14;
  • Political cartoons and caricatures are catalogued under Firth a.5-14, Firth a.16 and Firth b.1-12.

Please direct any enquires on accessing the collection to or ask a member of the Library's reading room staff who will be able to assist you further.

Firth Image