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Copcot, a Mediaeval Student of Queen's

Photo credit: The Queen's College, University of Oxford

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The Copcots were an influential family in Horsepath in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. John Copcot was the student of Queen's who is traditionally supposed to have killed a boar at Shotover by thrusting a volume of Aristotle down its throat, an exploit commemorated every year in the Boar's Head ceremony at the College. The painting is very closely related to the Copcot window in Horspath Church made in 1740 by William Price (d.1765).

The Queen's College, University of Oxford



Copcot, a Mediaeval Student of Queen's




oil on canvas


H 103 x W 84 cm

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gift from Josephus Smith, LLD, son of Provost Smith, 1754

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Josephus Smith L.L.D. hujusce Collegij Socio-Commensalis. Ano. Dm 1754. On the plinth: COPCOT


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