An early 20th century painted escutcheon mounted on an oak shield representing the coat of arms of University College London (UCL). The label on the reverse is Ede & Ravenscroft, Robe Makers & Tailors, Chancery Lane, London.
English, circa 1900
Height: 22.5cm / 8 3/4”
Width: 17cm / 6 3/4”
UCL was founded in 1826 as a secular alternative to the strictly Anglican universities of Cambridge and Oxford. The founders of UCL received a strong opposition from the Church of England and it was prevented from being awarded the Royal Charter which was needed for the award of degrees. It was not until 1836 that the university was legally recognised and granted the power to award degrees. Now one of the largest research universities in the country.
Ede & Ravenscroft are the oldest tailors in London having been established in 1689.
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