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Abstract

In 1992 I discovered in a print dealer’s shop two engravings of academic dress that were not previously known to me. They were trial proofs or what are termed ‘proofs before letters’ of costume plates, one of an Oxford Doctor of Divinity and the other of a Master of Arts. Most series of academic dress costume plates reveal links with their predecessors or their successors. Artists, intentionally or unwittingly, copy features of earlier images, most often in the poses adopted for certain figures. Here are some examples. [Excerpts].

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