An Accidental Masterpiece
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An Accidental Masterpiece

Christine Ferdinand’s architectural and social history of the eighteenth-century New Building at Magdalen College

An Accidental Masterpiece is an architectural and social history of one of Oxford’s most beautiful buildings, the eighteenth-century New Building and Magdalen College. The story begins in the 1720s, when Edward Butler first came up with the idea of a new great quadrangle and began to raise funds for it.


An Accidental Masterpiece is based on newly published research in the Magdalen Archives, where there is an extensive collection of documents relating to the building’s design, workmen, materials, architects, and searches though local and national record offices and libraries for supporting information.

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