Portrait of Sir Thomas Bodley by Nicholas Hilliard

The Bodleian Library is named after Sir Thomas Bodley. This exquisite miniature by Nicholas Hilliard was painted in 1598 when he was 54 years old. That year, after retiring from the diplomatic service, Bodley offered to restore the university library: ‘I concluded at the last to set up my Staffe at the Librarie-dore in Oxon; being throwghly perswaded, that in my solitude and surcease from the Commonwealth affayers, I coulde not busie my selfe to better purpose, then by redusing the place (which then in every part laye ruined and wast) to the publique use of Students’.

This Treasure isn’t currently on display in the Weston Library.