The tall, skinny figure of Henry ‘Horse’ Kett (1761-1825), stands in profile to the right, his hands clasped behind his back, bunching up his academic gown. He has a long nose and long face, hence his unkind sobriquet. His name occurs as the tutor of various undergraduates from 1784 to 1809, but the period during which he acted as college tutor probably ranged from 1799 to 1808. In 1789 Kett, who was fond of travel, visited France, to observe the first ferment of the revolution. Ludicrously, considering his appearance, Kett extremely vain, and subject to fits of depression. His mind became unhinged, and he drowned himself at Stanwell, Middlesex, on 30th June 1825. His widow soon remarried, but the bulk of Kett’s fortune, about £25,000 was left after her death to three public charities, one being the Radcliffe Infirmary at Oxford. BM 10782.
A View from Trinity College, Oxford.
Robert Dighton A View from Trinity College, Oxford. London, R. Dighton June 1807 Etching Original hand-colouring 270x190mm
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