|Description: A folded sheet of paper with black ink handwriting. The first page reads, "Brief Guide to the Portraits/in Christ Church Hall/Oxford/51 South wall between/window + fire place/Sir John Skynner by/Thos Gainsborough/born about 1724 educated/at Westminster student/1742 M. P. for Woodstock/Chief Baron of the Exchequer/1777-86 died 1805." There is nothing written inside the fold. On the back it reads, "85 Sir Matthew Skinner [sic]/Born 1689 educated at/Westminster student 1709/a lawyer of some note/died 1749." |
The paper was found with a collection of Jarvis family papers. Notes were taken from a publication by Francis Haverfield (1860-1919) who wrote "Brief Guide to the Portraits of Christ Church Hall, Oxford. For the use of visitors (1907)." On the south wall between the window and fireplace is painting number 51, depicting Sir John Skynner by Thomas Gainsborough. Sir John Skynner (c.1724-1805) was the Chief Baron of the Exchequer between 1777-1786, during the time of William Pitt. The term "Exchequer" refers to a person within the English government who was responsible for the management and collection of revenues. It was abolished in 1834 but the term is still used in reference to the Treasury today. In the Ante-Hall, number 85 is a painting of Sir Matthew Skinner [sic] (1689-1749).