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Locations - Sheldonian Caesars

 

"Perhaps the things most remarkable at that time for their exceeding nigritude and decay were the Sheldonian Caesars. Those who now pause to study their (comparatively) clean-cut features can form little idea of the lumps of black fungoid growth they once resembled. It is the original Caesars I am referring to, of course - not the last set - a comparatively fresh and good-looking lot. In the closing words of "A Soul's Tragedy'' the speaker observes: "I have known four and twenty leaders of revolution”. Well I have known three sets of Sheldonian Caesars: and perhaps, with luck, I shall yet know a fourth."

[left] The heads on the top of the gate pillars are the Sheldonian Caesars. The Sheldonian Theatre has 13 such heads but, as Kenneth Grahame remarked, these need replaced frequently and the present set, carved in 1970, would possibly be the fourth set which he referred to but never saw.


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