Elias Ashmole

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Elias Ashmole
BirthplaceLichfield, Staffordshire, England
antiquarian, politician, officer of arms, astrologer and alchemist

Ashmole, Elias

(ăsh`mōl), 1617–92, English archaeologist and antiquary. He made exhaustive antiquarian studies, especially The Institution, Laws and Ceremonies of the Order of the Garter (1672) and The Antiquities of Berkshire (3 vol., 1719). In 1677 he donated to the Univ. of Oxford a collection of curiosities, including his own contributions and those bequeathed to him by a friend. His gift formed the nucleus of the Ashmolean Museum (ăshmō`lēən), the first such public institution in England. He later donated his library to Oxford, and the whole was housed in a building erected by Sir Christopher WrenWren, Sir Christopher,
1632–1723, English architect. A mathematical prodigy, he studied at Oxford. He was professor of astronomy at Gresham College, London, from 1657 to 1661, when he became Savilian professor of astronomy at Oxford.
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. The collection is now in a 19th-century building and includes European works of art from medieval to present times as well as Asian works.


See his Autobiographical and Historical Notes and Correspondence, ed. by C. H. Josten (1967).

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Built between 1678-1683, the facility was sponsored by Elias Ashmole, a famous politician, astronomer and collector of the time, to house his intriguingly named 'Cabinet of curiosities'.
El gabinete de curiosidades de Elias Ashmole, que dono la Universidad de Oxford en 1677, y que dio origen al Museo Ashmolean.
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