Magna Carta

A Rare Exhibition at the Legion of Honor, Gallery 3 • May 7th - June 5th


This exhibition is organized by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford as part of Brit Week 2011. Meet our gracious Sponsors


Magna CartaThe Magna Carta (or "Great Charter" of English Liberties) is one of history's most important legal documents and represents a milestone for democracy. First adopted in 1215 by King John under pressure from an assembly of barons, it remains to this day a potent symbol of freedom and the rule of law. In a very rare presentation, one of the earliest surviving original manuscripts of the Magna Carta comes to the Legion of Honor from the collection of the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. No master prototype from 1215 has survived; instead engrossments were distributed to county courts across England in the 13th century, all considered to be original manuscripts, 17 of which survive today. The Magna Carta on display will be the 1217 Gloucestershire engrossment, one of the best preserved in the world.


Legion of Honor

Legion of Honor

Legion of Honor • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Lincoln Park • 100 34th Avenue • San Francisco, CA 94121 • 415.750.3600

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Special Thanks to our Sponsors

The exhibition of the Magna Carta in La Jolla, at the Salk Institute, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is made possible through the generosity of Qualcomm, Irwin and Joan Jacobs, and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Click logos below to visit websites.

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John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Qualcomm Oxford University Fine Art Museums of San Francisco