Fashion Academic Robes Pensioner Cambridge University
Antique copper hand coloured stipple copperplate engraving by John Whessel (1760-1797) after Richard Harraden (1756-1838) for Costumes of the University of Cambridge Drawn by R. Harraden.
Published by R.Harraden, Cambridge, Proprietor of the Views of Cambridge May 1 1803
A Pensioner (From the French signifying “Boarder”) is a student whose fortune enables him to defray his College expenses independently of any assistance from the College Endowments. A Pensioner is thus distinguished from those who are denominated “sizars”( an undergraduate at Cambridge University or at Trinity College, Dublin, receiving financial help from the college and formerly having certain menial duties).His academic Habit is a black gown, made of Prince’s Stuff (A closely-woven black woolen material, originally used for legal clothing), with Black Velvet Cape and facings. The cap is black cloth, with a silk tassel. The Pensioner of Trinity College are distinguished from all others by a blue gown with full sleeves, made of Prince’s Stuff. The Gown of the Pensioners at Peter House, Queen’s College Trinity Hall and King’s College, are nearly the same as Trinity, excepting they are all black.