Oxford Blue (colour)

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Oxford Blue
About these coordinates     Colour coordinates
Hex triplet #002147
sRGBB  (rgb) (0, 33, 71)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (100, 80, 0, 60)
HSV       (h, s, v) (212°, 100%, 28[1]%)
Source Oxford Branding Guidelines
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Oxford Blue is the official colour of the University of Oxford.[2] The official Oxford branding guidelines set the definition of Oxford Blue as Pantone 282, equivalent to the hex code #002147.[3]

With a hue code of 212, this colour is a very dark tone of azure. Azure colours are those colours with a hue code of between 195 and 225.


Oxford Blue is strongly associated with the University of Oxford, especially with the official sport teams, also called the Oxford Blue, it is also used by the Pennsylvania State University,[4] Georgetown University,[5] the athletic teams of the University of Michigan,[6] and the University of California, Berkeley.[7]


The colour was originally chosen by Charles Wordsworth and Thomas Garnier, two members of the 1829 Boat Race crew using "the Christ Church guernsey as our pattern (four of the crew being Christ Church men), only with a broader and darker blue, instead of black stripe. Hence the origin of the 'Dark Blues'."[8] The colour itself is said to have been borrowed from Harrow Blue, where Charles Wordsworth and Charles Merivale, the creators of The Boat Race, attended. Similarly, Cambridge Blue is said to have derived from Eton blue.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "#002147 Color Information". Colorhexa.com. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  2. ^ Oxford Brand Colours, University of Oxford.
  3. ^ Oxford Digital Style Guide, University of Oxford.
  4. ^ "Background about Penn State's Visual Identity - Visual Identity". psu.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  5. ^ "Primary and Secondary Colors - Visual Identity". Visualidentity.georgetown.edu. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  6. ^ "The University of Michigan Brand | Global Marketing & Communications". Logos.umich.edu. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  7. ^ "Color • Brand Guidelines". brand.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-07. 
  8. ^ Wordsworth, Charles (1891). The annals of my early life. London: Longmans. p. 60.