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The Regent’s Park College library is home to several interesting portraits and other unusual features:

  • There is a portrait of Baptist missionary William Carey (1761–1834) in the library near the entrance (on your left if you turn around and face the entrance once you’ve walked in). It is said to have been painted by a student at John Sutcliff’s Academy. It is one of the few existing portraits of him wearing a wig before he rejected that habit during his journey to India.
  • Over the double doors to the journals room at the back of the library is a portrait of John Bunyan by an unknown artist. This painting is not widely known, but in 1819 it formed the basis of an engraving by William Sharp.
  • The large windows in the middle of the library on the left as you face the back of the library have a stylized map of the world traced on them, including animals and trade products associated with various regions at the time of the window’s creation. This window was originally part of the Glasgow Empire Exhibition of 1938.

[The information on this page was primarily taken from A guide to Regent’s Park College Oxford by Ernest Payne, published by the Alden Press and available for reference in the Angus Library, Regents Park College.]


John Bunyan

John Bunyan

William Carey

William Carey, 1761–1834